CIRP@CHOP’s New Jersey Safety and Health Outcomes (NJ-SHO) research will be featured in two of the eight workshops in the Teen Traffic Safety track at the Lifesavers Conference in Charlotte, NC, running Sunday, March 26 - Tuesday, March 28. In these two workshops, attendees will consider relatively new data-driven concepts around risk and solutions for novice drivers that need to be on your radar.
Up first on Sunday is “Targeted Driving Safety: Helping Novice Drivers with Special Challenges” in which Allison E. Curry, PhD, MPH, CIRP@CHOP senior scientist and director of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, will present preliminary findings on licensure and crash rates of drivers with high-functioning neuro-diverse conditions, such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As these youth transition from adolescence to adulthood, being able to drive can be key to their independence and quality of life.
Dr. Curry’s co-presenter is Miriam Monahan, OTD, an occupational therapist, certified driving rehabilitation specialist, and licensed driving school instructor who works with individuals with neurological conditions, such as stroke, autism, and PTSD. She will share perspectives on how drivers with ASD and ADHD cognitively process their environment differently. Hear about tools and apps already developed to support this special population.
Moderating this session is Anne Dickerson, PhD of East Carolina University. Dr. Dickerson is an occupational therapist, psychologist, and driver rehabilitation specialist who leads the Research for the Older Adult Driver Initiative (ROADI) in North Carolina with expertise in the functional performance of driving. Together, they’ll lead the discussion on how we might modify driver training and other efforts to help youth with ASD and ADHD gain the skills to be safer drivers.
On Monday, Dr. Curry will review the state of the science on older novice drivers in a session called “Out of Bounds: Older Novice Drivers’ Crash Risk & Solutions.” This includes preliminary data on older novice drivers (18 years and older) and their crash rates in New Jersey, a state that requires full GDL for newly-licensed drivers under 21 years of age. The workshop will illuminate what a GDL program designed for older novice drivers might entail to yield positive impact for crash and injury prevention.This is important because an estimated one in three teens are not licensed by age 18 and, thus, outside the protective bounds of most state Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) requirements.
Dr. Curry will be joined by two speakers who can speak to legislative and administrative efforts to protect older novice drivers in California and Maryland. Steve Barrow, program director, CA Coalition for Children’s Safety and Health, and state co-chair of the CA Unintentional Injury Prevention Strategic Plan Project, is working with a broad list of public and private stakeholders sponsoring state legislation in 2017 to pass a law that would extend the age requirement for California’s GDL through age 20 years. Mr. Barrow will share his very recent experience and approach with attendees.
Peter Moe, director of Driver Safety for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration, will share Maryland’s Rookie Driver program which covers older novices (younger than 25 years) in several ways, including: 1) a learner period of 9 months with 60 hours of practice driving logged, followed by 2) the driver maintaining a conviction-free driving record for 18 months before being eligible for a full driver’s license. There are also administrative sanctions for convictions, such as a driver improvement program and license suspensions. Karen Morton, Program Director Driver Licensing for the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators will moderate this discussion.
Here is a full listing of teen driver-focused workshops:
- Connect with Youth Organizations to Advocate Traffic Safety
- Targeted Driving Safety: Helping Novice Drivers with Special Challenges
- Now Trending: A Fresh Look at Driver Ed
- Out of Bounds: Older Novice Drivers’ Crash Risk & Solutions
- Light the Fire: How to Reach & Engage Parents of Novice Drivers
- The Night Is Dark & Full of Terrors: Teens & Nighttime Driving Risks
- Fine-Tuning Your Message: How to Get Action on Young Driver Safety Policies
- Community Partnerships to Work on Teen Traffic Safety: Brag, Borrow, Steal Session
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