AN EVALUATION OF THE IMPACT OF THE VIRGINIA DRIVER IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM ON NEGLIGENT DRIVING: 12-MONTH REPORT

This study sought to evaluate the impact of the four most common treatment combinations offered by the Virginia driver improvement program: (1) a warning letter, (2) a one-time group interview, (3) the combination of a warning letter and the group interview, and (4) a personal interview followed by an 8-hour driver improvement clinic. As persons became eligible for the various treatments as a result of accumulation demerit points, they were randomly assigned to treatment and no-treatment groups whose subsequent driving records were compared at the end of one year. The groups receiving the group interview or personal interview had significantly fewer post-treatment convictions than did the corresponding no-treatment groups while the advisory letter experimental and control groups had equivalent subsequent driver histories. Interestingly, while the group interview alone was highly successful in reducing convictions, it was unsuccessful when preceded by an advisory letter. None of the treatments reduced subsequent accidents. On the basis of these findings, it was recommended that the advisory letter either be restructured or replaced by the group interview as the entry level treatment. It was also recommended that some point value be assessed for involvement in an accident, regardless of who was at fault, to increase the incentive for drivers to avoid accidents.

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 23-38
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00386849
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-036 297
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jul 30 1984 12:00AM