Monday, August 31, 2015

Study: From focus groups to production of a distracted driving video: Using teen input to drive injury prevention programming

The Impact program is an adolescent, injury prevention program with both school- and hospital-based components aimed at decreasing high-risk behaviors and preventing injury. The objective of this study was to obtain student input on the school-based component of Impact, as part of the program evaluation and redesign process, to ensure that the program content and format were optimal and relevant, addressing injury-related issues important for youth in our region.

Click here to view the whole study.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Study: Graduated driver license compliant teens involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes

Significant reductions in motor vehicle injury mortality have been reported for teen drivers after passage of graduated driver licensing (GDL), seat belt, and no tolerance alcohol and drug laws. Despite this, teen drivers remain a vulnerable population with elevated fatal crash involvement. This study examines driver, vehicle, and crash characteristics of GDL-compliant, belted, and unimpaired teen drivers with the goal of identifying areas where further improvements might be realized.

Monday, August 17, 2015

U-M and Kohl's launch campaign to reduce distracted driving among teens

From: MarketWatch

It's a contract full of such vows as "I will find sunglasses before driving," "I will wait until stopped to search for music" and "I will rely on passengers to make calls or text for me" – signed by teens before hitting the road as new drivers.

The teen-parent driving agreement is just one of the many free online tools offered to young drivers, parents, families, schools and communities through the new Kohl's Drive Smart initiative launched this summer.

A $299,497 grant from Kohl's Department Stores is made possible through the Kohl's Cares cause merchandise program. Through this initiative, Kohl's sells $5 books and plush toys, where 100 percent of net profit benefits children's health and education programs nationwide, including hospital partnerships like this one. The grant has allowed the pediatric trauma program at University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital to develop a novel, evidence-based program designed to reduce distracted teen driving. The program was developed in conjunction with U-M Injury Center and U-M Transportation Research Institute.

Friday, August 14, 2015

CarFit is headed to Denver!

AARP Driver Safety’s CarFit Event

September 1, 2015 11 am - 2 pm
CDOT Parking Lot
4201 E Arkansas

Discover your perfect “fit.” CarFit is a FREE, interactive and educational program that teaches participants how to make their personal vehicle “fit” them to increase safety and mobility when they hit the road.

To schedule your 20-minute appointment, please call the appropriate number listed on the right. Appointment spaces are limited, so don’t wait! For more information, visit 

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Campaign Targets Parents Of Teen Drivers

From: NBC 6

The “Driving the Right Message” campaign’s goal is to educate parents about the important role they play in keeping their teen safe at the wheel. Sponsored by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the campaign will reach parents through a variety of methods, including movie theater and gas pump topper ads, web site ads and posters. The campaign’s logo includes a QR code that takes parents to the web site which provides resources and tools about how to keep teen drivers safe.

“This campaign is another way to make a positive impact on teen-related crashes,” said Courtney Phillips, DHHS Chief Executive Officer. “By educating parents about their important role in teen driver safety, we are also helping teens become responsible, skilled drivers.”

With motor vehicle crashes being the leading cause of death for Nebraska’s teen drivers, parental involvement is crucial. Parents who are supportive and involved with their teen driver can lower their teen’s crash risk by 50 percent. Modeling safe driving practices such as always using a seat belt, no cell phone use and driving the speed limit also makes an impact.

The statistics show teen drivers with involved parents are more apt to have safer driving behaviors. They are twice as likely to use their seat belt, 70 percent less likely to drink and drive, half as likely to speed, 30 percent less likely to use a cell phone while driving, and significantly less likely to drive with multiple passengers.

“Parents play a key role, and when they talk to their teens about safe driving, they are helping to prevent car crashes," said Judy Martin, Deputy Director of Community and Environmental Health of DHHS. "We hope that this campaign will spark a conversation between parents and their teen driver."

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Even Self-Proclaimed 'Safe' Teen Drivers Play With Their Phones Behind The Wheel

From: Huffington Post

If you think a 9-to-5 schedule is tough, be glad you're not a high schooler. Their schedules are packed with activities -- sports, community service, yearbook club, AP tests -- to help them make it into college, and their smartphones provide an easy way to constantly obsess over whatever their friends are doing.

That sounds like a recipe for 24/7 stress -- and a new survey suggests it all could have fatal consequences when teens get behind the wheel.

Students Against Destructive Decisions and Liberty Mutual Insurance on Tuesday released the results of a recent study indicating that an "always-on" lifestyle can lead to dangerous driving habits. The groups report that 52 percent of teens surveyed get less than six hours of sleep every night during the week, though the National Sleep Foundation says they should be getting eight to 10.

Worse, these drowsy drivers are glued to their smartphones: 34 percent of teens in the study said they glance at app notifications when they're driving, and 88 percent of those who consider themselves "safe" drivers confess to using apps when they're behind the wheel. (A spokesman for Liberty Mutual told The Huffington Post that a previous version of the study's press release erroneously stated that 48 percent of surveyed teens look at app notifications when driving.)