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Lifesavers’ Teen Driver Workshop Highlights

January 22, 2015
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There is expert consensus* that realizing further reductions in teen crash rates requires research and programs that address all three stages of novice driver licensure: the supervised learner’s permit, the intermediate (or restricted) license, and the full license. The committee responsible for coordinating the Lifesavers Conference’s Teen Traffic Safety workshops, which I co-chair with Bill Windsor from Nationwide, has worked to gather speakers and moderators who can speak to new research and evidence-based programs relevant to each stage.

More than a dozen programs and policies from approximately ten states will be shared in the teen driver safety track of workshops in Chicago on March 15-17, 2015. Here are some highlights:

Learner’s Permit Stage

  • New Insights on the Effectiveness of Driver Education Training — Hear about new research on the effect of driver education on teen behavior in Oregon and Manitoba, as well as new recommendations for national standards for Online Driver Education. Join in a discussion on how to move driver education and training from a best practice framework to practical implementation.
  • Helping Parents Make Good Choices: Optimizing Supervised Driving — Learn how your safety program can help parents understand the basics of Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL), effectively supervise practice driving, and choose a safer car for their teen. Evaluated strategies for getting parents involved and making good decisions will be shared. CHOP Presenter: Flaura K Winston, MD, PhD, Scientific Director of CIRP@CHOP will share findings and recommendations from a randomized controlled trial of the TeenDrivingPlan.

Intermediate License

  • Strategies to Increase GDL Enforcement and Compliance — We still have a lot of work to do in getting states to adopt the key components of GDL. In the meanwhile, there are promising approaches to increase compliance in states with strong GDL laws in place. Hear about New Jersey's decal provision, health department-and-school district partnerships in Maryland; and Minnesota’s newly mandated parent orientation. CHOP Presenter: Allison Curry, PhD, MPH, Director of Epidemiology at CIRP@CHOP and principal investigator of CHOP’s New Jersey Traffic Safety Outcomes program.
  • Protecting Older (18+) Novice Drivers — Despite the common belief that most teens are eager to get licensed, at least one-in-three teens doesn’t get licensed until after turning 18. While waiting to get licensed can have protective benefits of increased maturity, there is still a learning curve (and crash risk) for every novice driver. Get an update on the latest trends and hear a panel discussion about various state experiences. CHOP Presenter: Dr. Curry will share recent research that examines the safety implications of later licensure in NJ.

  • Adopting Successful Teen Safe Driving Programs from Other States — This workshop showcases three evaluated programs that are ready to be adapted for use in other states. Hear about programs from Virginia, New Jersey and Kansas that apply the peer-to-peer model, partnerships with local law enforcement and schools, as well as use of behavior change models for program development and evaluation. Learn how they how use a youth advisory council, social media, recruitment, training, and other strategies.  

Full and Intermediate Licensure

  • Building Evaluation into Your Teen-led and Other Traffic Safety Programs — Can you demonstrate to funders and partners that your program works to increase safety behaviors? Learn practical methods for incorporating basic evaluation into programs. Hear about SADD’s new strategic plan for program evaluation, National Safety Council’s recommended evaluation strategies, and a Colorado-based grass roots program's experience.
  • Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Distracted: Keeping Teens Safe Through Peer-Led Approaches — After a quick review of the relevant research, hear from youth and their advisors on how to develop and implement peer-to-peer programs that address driver distraction and truly resonate with teens. Strategies focusing on the increasing problem of distracted pedestrians will also be discussed.
  • Teens and Impaired Driving — With expert moderation, examine the problem of alcohol and drug-impaired driving for teens. Then take a look at two programs that have made an impact on reducing underage impaired driving including one community's efforts to use a high visibility enforcement program to address the problem.

The teen driver track committee represents a diverse group of teen driver safety stakeholders. Their knowledge of community and state programs, as well national-level trends, is represented in these workshops. Come prepared to learn and apply something you did not know before. See more specific information on the Lifesavers Conference website. We hope to see you, our friends and colleagues, in Chicago March 15-17, 2015.

*To read more about “expert consensus” see the just released report from the National Safety Council called A New GDL Framework: Evidence-base to Integrate Novice Driver Strategies.

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