As a follow-up to the License Policy workshop, the Foundation began work on a project documenting North American driver's license agency approaches for improving safety for older and medically at-risk drivers. The project surveyed state and provincial licensing officials to obtain updated information on current policies and practices. Additional detail was gathered on promising or innovative programs and activities that might be replicated elsewhere. Both the policies/practices and noteworthy initiatives are summarized in a searchable online database for use by driver licensing officials, policy makers, aging services providers, researchers, and media personnel, as well as older adults and their families.
The AAA Foundation hosted a workshop of experts in the field to: (1) Synthesize the present state of knowledge regarding the identification and screening of and interventions for high-risk drivers as it relates to the ability of aging drivers to continue to drive safely; (2) Develop a consensus-based set of recommendations; and (3) Identify the most important knowledge gaps and research needs related to older driver safety.
AAAFTS has a core mission to identify traffic safety problems, foster research that seeks solutions, and disseminate information and educational materials that improve traffic safety.
The report explores the development of supplementary risk maps that address safety issues of interest to the participating states, such as unbelted occupant, speed-related, alcohol-involved, roadway- and lane-departure, commercial-vehicle-involved, olderdriver, and young driver crashes. usRAP Phase II also developed a new road assessment protocol: performance tracking to monitor the changes in safety over time for specific roadway sections.
This study reports the results of a randomized controlled study of the impact of a driver training course, consisting of both classroom-based and behind-the-wheel instruction, on the driving skills and knowledge of senior drivers."
ESL programs are taught throughout the United States at public libraries, schools, community centers, colleges, universities, and elsewhere. Most students in beginning-level ESL classes are recent immigrants, often from countries with different traffic safety practices. In 1998, Congress provided funding for integrated English literacy and civics education services for recent immigrants and others with limited English-language proficiency. This project developed a traffic safety curriculum that can be incorporated into beginning ESL programs to increase safety belt and child restraint use among new immigrants who enroll in these programs. The curriculum was developed with assistance from the Injury Prevention Center of Greater Dallas in collaboration with the Spring Institute of Denver Colorado.
This report analyzes the walking speeds of older and younger pedestrians in six communities and reports the results of simulation-based case studies that investigate whether traffic signals can allow more time for pedestrians to cross the street without causing great increases in delay for vehicles.
This report is a compilation project (report, website, PBS broadcast video) examining the transportation safety issues and solutions for seniors and their families who are considering cessation of driving.
This report Is a collection of more that twenty research articles written by top experts in diverse fields including transportation, public health, public policy, psychology, and more, addressing what needs to be done to ignite and sustain serious national dialogue about traffic safety as an issue of importance commensurate with its impact on our society.
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