Teen Driver Electronic Report Card. Westat DRAFT Report January 21, 2004. 1.0 Workshop Problem and Objectives

Traditional traffic safety initiatives (e.g., licensing, enforcement, and education) have improved safety for teenage drivers, but achieving even greater reductions in fatalities and injuries may require innovative approaches. This article describes a workshop that introduced the idea of a Teen Driver Electronic Report Card (TDERC) as a way to detect and report unsafe driving behaviors. The TDERC is a vehicle-based technology that operates in real time to sense, record, present, or transmit information on unsafe driving behaviors. The TDERC is designed as a learning tool and motivator to help teens identify and improve their unsafe actions. The author focuses on the need for research to develop, implement, and evaluate a TDERC. The author summarizes the presentations and comments made by workshop participants, including Michael Perel (NHTSA), Dr. James McKnight (Transportation Research Associates), Dr. Tom Dingus (VTTI), and Dr. Max Donath (University of Minnesota). Topics discussed and reported on include teen ideas and viewpoints, common teenage behavior, risk factors, driving intensity, the role of attitude and maturity, speed control, presently-available driver monitoring devices, nomenclature, the involvement of student groups such as SADD (Students Against Drunk Driving), the involvement of the Department of Motor Vehicles, driver education programs, court-ordered monitoring, privacy issues, and funding concerns.

  • Publication Date: 2005


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  • Accession Number: 01000338
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 13 2005 8:30AM