The project organizes state driver licensing activities into a total system and identifies the research needs which have the greatest potential for crash and injury reduction. The relevant literature was reviewed and summarized and the AAMVA Committee on the Model Driver Services Standard was consulted. Visits were made to four states to observe and discuss their programs. A model driver licensing system was developed and research needs identified. The system emphasizes reducing multiple licenses/records. Research needs are first ranked by priority. High priority needs are categorized into those that promise crash or injury reduction, those that address fundamental issues that must be resolved to develop better programs, and those that would improve administration and records. Although there are critical research needs in driver licensing that could lead to significant improvements in the driver-vehicle-highway system, only one high priority need promises immediate benefits, that is, that of requiring young beginning drivers to use available restraint systems as a condition of licensure. Other needs promise gains in knowledge that can be used to develop more effective programs, e.g., identify human performance parameters that differentiate between novice and experienced drivers.

  • Corporate Authors:

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Highway Safety Research Center
    Chapel Hill, NC  United States  27599

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Gilbert, E F
    • Waller, P F
    • Li, L K
  • Publication Date: 1980-10

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 179 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00328348
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt., HS-805 622
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-8-02021
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1982 12:00AM