Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Public Policy

Is Graduated Driver Licensing Appropriate for Older Novice Drivers?

As states consider whether to improve existing Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) provisions or to extend current requirements to include older novice driver populations, it is critical for the research community to provide rigorous scientific evidence. Read about new CIRP@CHOP research that is contributing to the debate.

Improving Road Safety in India

Learn about a new Penn Nursing/CIRP@CHOP study that surveyed employees in India to develop strategies for improving traffic safety in this guest blog post from Sara Jacoby, PhD, MPH, RN. 

Alcohol Policy Scale: A Novel Tool for Studying Alcohol Effect on Youth Crash Fatalities

A recent study taps useful research tools and data sources to shed light on the importance of strong state alcohol policies in preventing young people from dying in alcohol-related crashes.

Are GDL Advocates Ready For Action?

Is 2017 a good year to build coalition around legislating evidence-based improvements to Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL)? A new report on priorities for GDL advocacy efforts can help guide teen driver safety advocates.

Rear-facing to Age 2: Questions from Local Car Seat Checks

This August, Pennsylvania becomes the 4th state to require children remain in a rear-facing child restraints to age 2. Here are common questions from parents.

Sharing the Science Behind GDL Decals

In this informative post, Allison E. Curry, PhD,MPH shares her research that supports state efforts to consider a GDL decal provision to enhance teen driver safety.

Help Teens Avoid the Regret, Avoid Impaired Driving

Keeping the lines of communication open is important in helping to promote safe teen behaviors, as both a passenger and a driver. Here are some tips for families to follow during National Teen Driver Safety Week and throughout the year.

You Can Counsel Families About Gun Safety in the Home

Recently, a question was forwarded to me from a primary care practice in Pennsylvania: “Can the physician ask about guns in the household and document this in the medical record? Or can they only discuss gun safety?” This blog dispels confusion for clinicians caused by media attention about proposed legislation that has not been implemented.

Call to Action: National Teen Driver Safety Week 2015

The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) Research Team at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) shares this year's theme for National Teen Driver Safety Week (October 18-24, 2015) in this blog post and offers messaging and activities teens and families can use to spread the word.

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