SPECIAL STUDY - YOUTH AND TRAFFIC SAFETY EDUCATION

THE STATUS OF KNOWLEDGE IS REVIEWED AND POSSIBLE REASONS FOR THE HIGH DEATH RATE DISCUSSED; THE HIGH INVOLVEMENT OF ALCOHOL IS SHOWN. THE PRESENTLY UNKNOWN SAFETY VALUE OF CURRENT PROGRAMS OF INSTRUCTION IS NOTED. THE NEED FOR INSTRUCTION OF YOUTH AND FOR ADULT SUPERVISION AND MONITORING OF NEW YOUNG DRIVERS FOR EXTENDED PERIODS AFTER LICENSING IS DISCUSSED. THE CENTRAL ROLE OF THE DRIVER LICENSING FUNCTION AND THE POTENTIAL ROLE OF DRIVER IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS ARE EXAMINED. THE RELEVANT ACTIVITIES OF NHTSA ARE REVIEWED AND THE NEED FOR INTEGRATED EFFORTS FOCUSED ON YOUNG DRIVERS EMPHASIZED. SEVEN RECOMMENDATIONS ARE DIRECTED TO NHTSA, FOCUSING ON (1) A DIAGNOSTIC APPROACH TO DRIVER PREPARATION, TO DRIVER LICENSING, AND TO DRIVER IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMS; (2) EFFORTS IN THE ALCOHOL SAFETY EDUCATION PROGRAMS; (3) POSSIBLE APPROACHES TO EVALUATION OF DRIVER EDUCATION PROGRAMS; (4) EXTENSION AND IMPROVEMENT OF CURRENT EXAMINATONS FOR LICENSING; AND (5) INTEGRATION OF EFFORTS OF STATE AGENCIES. AN EIGHTH RECOMMENDATION IS MADE TO THE YOUTHS GROUP AND ASKS THAT GROUP TO FIND WAYS TO DEVELOP AN INDIVIDUAL APPRECIATION OF THEIR HIGHWAY LOSSES AS THE MAJOR THREAT TO SURVIVAL INTO ADULTHOOD. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Rept No NtsB-STS-71-3, 22 PP, 2 FIG, 105 REF
  • Corporate Authors:

    National Transportation Safety Board

    490 L'Enfant Plaza, SW
    Washington, DC  USA  20594
  • Publication Date: 1971-7

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00221438
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 3 1971 12:00AM