Center for Injury Research and Prevention

Teen Driver Safety Workshops on Track for Lifesavers

February 18, 2014

This week, CIRP confirmed its participation in three workshops in the Teen Driver Safety track of the Lifesavers Conference, taking place April 27-29, 2014. Lifesavers is the nation’s largest traffic safety conference and draws about 2,000 traffic safety professionals from law enforcement, industry, state government agencies, research, hospital-based injury prevention programs, and nonprofit safety groups. We love this conference because it allows us to share our most recent research directly with the people best-positioned to translate recommendations into action in their own work. It’s also really fun to catch up with colleagues and hear about their progress over the past year.

As co-chair of the Teen Driver Safety track, I can report that our committee worked to be responsive to the feedback from last year’s attendees and have built workshops focused on evidence-based, practical strategies to take home and implement or begin to plan for their use in the near future.

CIRP@CHOP’s Presentations:

Dennis Durbin, MD, MSCE will join colleagues from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the University of Iowa to share the Latest Research in Assessing Teen Driving Skill: Validating Tools. A variety of PC-based, in-vehicle technology, and on-road tools are being developed to assess teen driving skills. What do all these approaches measure and how should they be used beyond the research setting? Attendees will learn what these researchers are discovering about the effectiveness of various approaches to assessing young driver skill.

Allison Curry, PhD, MPH will present very recent data from a combined licensing and crash database for New Jersey that describes state-wide licensing rates among NJ teens and demonstrates the contributions of age and stage of licensure on crash rates. The workshop, Delayed Licensure: Trends, Impact and Solutions, also explores the latest research examining why teens are delaying licensure and implications (or opportunities) for Graduated Driver Licensing programs.

Lastly, Flaura K. Winston, MD, PhD will share her expertise in program development and evaluation in Systematic Approach to Traffic Safety Programs: Design, Selection, Evaluation. She will introduce the use of logic models -- a systematic planning process that involves goal setting, metrics, resource identification, and more – which are used to build and implement traffic safety programs. Following a review of the step-by-step process, participants will engage in an hands-on activity to draft a young driver safety logic model. Small teams will focus on one of two goals: safety belt use or following GDL provisions. We piloted this workshop at last year’s Lifesavers, and participant surveys showed demand for this skill-building workshop and suggested great tweaks to improve its delivery.

Five other workshops will provide teen driver safety practitioners with fresh ideas and practical solutions to programming challenges :

  • Adopting Successful Teen Driving Programs from Other States
  • Creative Approaches to GDL Enforcement - Overcoming the Challenge
  • Generation Buckle Up – Peer-to-peer Initiatives
  • Out with the Old School - Current Innovative Curricula for Driver Ed
  • Parents and GDL Compliance - Current Trends and Elements of a Good Parent Program

Read about CIRP@CHOP planned topics for the Occupant Protection for Children track at Lifesavers in a future post.

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