This report is part of the Large-scale Evaluation of Driver Education Project being conducted by the Traffic Injury Research Foundation and Northport Associates for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. In an effort to reduce crashes and fatalities among young drivers, nearly all states have implemented graduated driver licensing (GDL) systems.
New Jersey possesses one of the strictest GDL implementations in the country. A cursory examination of New Jersey's teen crash risk showed promising results, necessitating a more in-depth examination to determine the true impact of its GDL laws. The study revealed significant reductions in crashes, injuries and deaths among 17 and 18-year olds, indicating New Jersey may indeed be a good model for other states to follow.
This study is examines the overall national impact of graduated driver licensing programs on fatal crashes and injury crashes of 16-year-old drivers.
The Foundation developed this three-volume set of guidelines for conducting thorough evaluations of driver education programs for beginning drivers.
This document, "Evaluating Driver Education Programs: Management Overview," provides an introduction to evaluating driver education programs.
This study examines the experiences and crash patterns of newly-licensed teenage drivers in three jurisdictions with differing graduated driver licensing programs.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has sponsored a project to "reinvent" driver education into a format that reduces crashes by novice drivers.
There is no question that 16-24 year olds are disproportionately high contributors to traffic accidents and fatalities. They are also the greatest loss group for automobile insurers.
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