A unique rehabilitative treatment for improving the performance of problem drivers was developed and evaluated in Florida. Entitled Responsible Driving, the treatment places emphasis on group discussion of concepts and principles derived from transactional analysis, a theory of personality developed by Eric Berne, M.D. In order to test the effectiveness of the treatment, hearing officers from five Florida cities randomly assigned 432 problem drivers to an experimental treatment group, a defensive driving course group, and a control group. All subjects had lost their driver's licenses and were attempting to obtain a temporary license for some hardship reason. Safety officers from the Florida Highway Patrol taught both the experimental and the defensive driving course. In addition to written pretest and posttests for study subjects, the driving records established by each were followed for 12 months. Results showed that the experimental treatment was significantly more effective (p=0.05) than no treatment in reducing the number of traffic collisions and the number of convictions for moving traffic law violations. The defensive driving course was not significantly different from any group at p=0.05. Although the findings of this study may be questioned due to small sample size and the lack of rigorous supervision in its conduct, there was evidence to support the use of the new treatment for helping problem drivers improve their driving behavior. It is recommended that this treatment be evaluated in a larger, more rigorous study. /Author/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 58-63
  • Monograph Title: Accident analysis, ride quality, driver education, and behaviour research
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  • Accession Number: 00194276
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM