A Targeted Internet-based Intervention for Novice Driver Offenders

A targeted online intervention developed for novice driver traffic offenders, the TOP ONLINE - Novice Driver Traffic Offender Unit, is described. It was found that the unit resulted in better targeting of young drivers who are traffic offenders, as well as addressing inefficiencies in program delivery and the operation of the Local Court-based Traffic Offender Intervention Program (TOIP) in New South Wales, Australia. Online provision provides high fidelity of content, accessibility, and self-paced learning. Field testing of the Unit was conducted over June 2017-March 2020, with standard roll-out subsequently due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In field testing, a pool of 439 novice driver traffic offenders were offered the online program. Not all offenders opted for an online course, more than one-third (41%) wanted to attend a face-to-face class. Not all offenders who registered for the online unit actually participated: 25% of offenders who registered did not log in and commence the course. However, almost all (95%) of offenders who commenced the program completed it satisfactorily. Overall, offenders reported that they enjoyed the flexibility of when, how and at what pace they accessed the unit, and avoiding having to travel to the venue for a face-to-face session. Offenders reported few negative aspects. With the onset of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions, face-to-face classes were discontinued, and subsequently all novice drivers now complete the online Unit as part of a general online program. Online learning for TOIP can provide a targeted approach to better address offenders’ risk, needs and responsivity to intervention.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 16p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01764952
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: TRBAM-21-04085
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI
  • Created Date: Feb 17 2021 7:23PM