THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A UNIFORM TRAFFIC SCHOOL CURRICULUM FOR NEGLIGENT DRIVERS WITH DISCUSSION

THE STUDY WAS DESIGNED TO EVALUATE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF UNIFORM TRAFFIC SCHOOL CURRICULUM DEVELOPED FOR THE TRAFFIC VIOLATION REPEATER. VIOLATIONS APPEARING BEFORE THE COURT FOR A RECENT TRAFFIC VIOLATION WERE RANDOMLY ASSIGNED BY THE JUDGE TO EITHER THE NEW TRAFFIC SCHOOL (THE UNIFORM DRIVER IMPROVEMENT SCHOOL OR UDIS) OR TO A CONTROL GROUP IN FOUR CALIFORNIA CITIES. A SAMPLE OF VIOLATORS ATTENDING THE REGULAR OR STANDARD TRAFFIC SCHOOL IN LOS ANGELES WAS ALSO RANDOMLY SELECTED FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION NOT AVAILABLE ON THE DRIVER'S RECORD. THE STATISTICAL ANALYSES INDICATE THE UDIS RESULTED IN AN OVERALL 11.8 PERCENT REDUCTION IN ACCIDENTS AND A 6.2 PERCENT REDUCTION IN CONVICTIONS FOR MALE DRIVERS. THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THIS PROGRAM WAS FOUND TO VARY WITH THE TYPE OF DRIVER TREATED. FOR FEMALES AND CERTAIN MALE GROUPS THERE IS NO EVIDENCE THAT TRAFFIC SCHOOL RESULTED IN DRIVER IMPROVEMENT. THE UDIS PROGRAM COMPARED FAVORABLY WITH THE STANDARD TRAFFIC SCHOOL PROGRAM FOR MALE DRIVERS, ALTHOUGH THE RESULTS ARE MORE SUGGESTIVE THAN CONCLUSIVE. COST EFFECTIVENESS OF THE UDIS WAS SUBSTANTIALLY LESS THAN THE ONE SESSION GROUP EDUCATIONAL MEETING (GEM), THEREFORE NOT CONSIDERED A DESIRABLE ALTERNATIVE WITHOUT FURTHER MODIFICATIONS IMPROVING COST. /AUTHOR/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Rpt 37, 29 PP, 23 TAB, 20 REF, 1 APP
  • Corporate Authors:

    California Department of Motor Vehicles

    P.O. Box 11828, 2415 1st Avenue
    Sacramento, CA  USA  95813
  • Authors:
    • Harano, R M
    • Peck, R C
  • Publication Date: 1971-6

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00221567
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 1 1972 12:00AM