CALIFORNIA'S NEGLIGENT OPERATOR TREATMENT PROGRAM EVALUATION SYSTEM, 1976-1995. AN OVERVIEW OF FINDINGS AND PROGRAM IMPROVEMENTS

This report is a chronological review of an evaluation system which was initiated in the early 1970s and which was terminated at the end of 1994. Originally known as the Post Licensing Control Reporting and Evaluation System (PLCRES) and later as the Negligent Operator Treatment Evaluation System (NOTES), it produced a large number of evaluation reports over the period 1976-1995. The purpose of this report is to summarize what was learned from the evaluation system and to document how the results were used to improve program effectiveness. Among the findings are the following: (1) All components of the program had a significant effect in reducing the rate of subsequent traffic citations throughout the 20-year period covered; (2) Taken as a whole, the evidence indicates that all components of the program probably reduced the subsequent rate of accidents; (3) The total number of accidents prevented is closely related to the volume of drivers treated; (4) The negligent-operator program is highly cost-beneficial in that the economic value of the accidents prevented far exceeds the cost of the program; (5) The effectiveness of PLCRES declined over time, while NOTES produced markedly better results; (6) During the period of 1976-1994, it is estimated that the post-license control interventions prevented 30,000 accidents; and (7) The number of accidents prevented by the program peaked at close to 3,000 accidents prevented in 1986, and declined to 1,600 in 1994, due largely to reductions in the volume of drivers treated.

  • Corporate Authors:

    California Department of Motor Vehicles

    Research and Development Branch
    P.O. Box 932382
    Sacramento, CA  United States  94232-3820
  • Authors:
    • Peck, R C
    • Healey, E J
  • Publication Date: 1995-8

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 30 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00721508
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: CAL-DMV-RSS-95-155, HS-041 982
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 22 1996 12:00AM