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Young Driver Behavior and Injury Prevention

As a group, young drivers have the highest rate of motor-vehicle injuries and fatalities. UMTRI’s YDBIP researchers draw on expertise in psychology, public health, and injury prevention to conduct scientific studies and develop intervention programs to improve the safety of young drivers. The YDBIP group collaborates with many academic partners as well as state and federal agencies. YDBIP researchers work to:

  • Understand the social, psychological, behavioral, and physiological aspects of unsafe driver behavior, particularly the inexperienced, impaired, and distracted behavior of teens and young adults
  • Provide an evidence base for effective strategies, programs and policies that enhance teen and young adult driver safety
  • Translate effective teen and young driver safety programs into practice
  • Promote the adoption of safe driving behavior among teens and young adults

Research Areas

  • Alcohol, Drugs, and Driving
  • Community-Based Traffic Safety
  • Crash/Injury Data Collection, Management, and Analysis
  • Safety-Belt Reminder Systems
  • State Driver History Databases
  • Traffic Safety Programs
  • Young Drivers
  • Checkpoints Program for Parents
  • Graduated Driver Licensing
  • Parental Involvement
Effectiveness of a brief parent-directed teen driver safety intervention (checkpoints) delivered by driver education instructors
Jennifer S. Zakrajsek, Jean T. Shope, Arlene I. Greenspan, Jing Wang, C. Raymond Bingham, Bruce G. Simons-Morton.

journal article Journal of Adolescent Health.

Background The Checkpoints program (Checkpoints) uses a Parent-Teen Driving Agreement (PTDA) to help...

The relative odds of involvement in seven crash configurations by driver age and sex
C.R. Bingham, J.P. Ehsani.

journal article Journal of Adolescent Health Care. Vol. 51, no. 5 (Nov. 2012), p. 484-490.

Introduction: Much is known about sex and age differences in collision types, but most studies have...

Psychosocial and behavioral factors that predict impaired and other risky driving findings from a longitudinal study.
Jean T. Shope, C. Raymond Bingham, Jennifer S. Zakrajsek.

report Young Impaired Drivers. (2011), p. 59-72.

In 2005 in the U.S., there were 16,885 fatalities in alcohol-related traffic crashes, an estimated...