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a decade of teen driving are new jersey teens safer

A Decade of Teen Driving – ARE nEW jersey Teens Safer?

New Jersey Association of

School Resource Officers

2011 Annual Conference

Atlantic City

motor vehicle crashes 1 killer
Motor vehicle crashes #1 killer

2009 Leading cause of death in New Jersey, ages 16-17

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31%

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17%

6%

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Teens have the highest crash risk

Driver crash rates by age*

*per 1,000 licensed drivers

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Teens have the highest crash risk

Driver crash rates per million miles traveled

A.F. Williams, Journal of Safety Research (2003)

new jersey teen drivers
New Jersey teen drivers
  • Every 10 minutes a teen driver crashes in NJ
  • #1 cause of teen death
  • Top crash factors: Distraction/inattention, speed, failure to yield
  • No community or teen is immune
many strategies exist to reduce crashes
Many strategies exist to reduce crashes

Driver education

Peer-to-peer programs

Parent programs

Police enforcement

BUT… Graduated Driving Licensing (GDL) is a proven prevention tool.

do you know the gdl law
Do you know the GDL law?
  • One of the nation’s strongest GDL laws
    • Permit at 16 (w/6 hours BTW)
    • Probationary license at 17 (oldest full licensing age in the nation, 18)
    • 1 passenger limit
    • 11 p.m.-5 a.m. curfew
    • No HH/HF electronic devices
    • Seat belts
    • Decal
passengers are dangerous distractions
Passengers are dangerous distractions

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Crashes per 1,000 trips

Driver Age 16-17

Driver Age 18-19

Driver Age 30-59

driving at night increases risk and danger
Driving at night increases risk and danger

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Fatal weekday crashes by hour, drivers aged 15-18

University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute

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9 p.m. – 10 p.m.

2 a.m. – 3 a.m.

1 a.m. – 2 a.m.

3 a.m. – 4 a.m.

4 a.m. – 5 a.m.

5 a.m. – 6 a.m.

Midnight – 1 a.m.

10 p.m. – 11 p.m.

11 p.m. – midnight.

gdl focuses on first 6 12 months and 1 000 miles
GDL focuses on first 6 - 12 months and 1,000 miles

Novice drivers’ risk begins to drop with experience

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Crashes per 10,000 learner/novice drivers

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Months of licensure

nation s first decal
Nation’s first decal
  • Must be on any vehicle drive by a GDL holder
  • Front & rear license plate
  • Removable
  • Purchase at MVC ($4/set)
  • $100 fine for failure to display
why a decal is there a danger
Why a decal & is there a danger?
  • Aids with enforcement of the GDL requirements
  • Not a new concept, used around the world with no negative impact on safety
  • NJ AG report, no incidents impacting teen safety
share the keys

Share the Keys

New Jersey

Parent/Teen Safe Driving Orientation

empowerment
Understand the GDL

Being a Good Role Model

Effective Enforcement of the GDL at Home

Fitting in Practice Driving

Controlling the Keys and Lowering Your Teen’s Crash Risk

Empowerment
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Parenting Styles: the balance between support and control

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Driving Through the Eyes of Teens, A Closer Look

parents really do matter
Parents Really Do Matter!
  • Half as Likely to Crash
  • 71% Less Likely to Drive
  • While Intoxicated
  • 30% Less Likely to Use a
  • Cell Phone While Driving

Teens With Authoritative Parents Are…

parents really do matter1
Parents Really Do Matter!
  • Teens With Authoritative Parents Are…
  • Twice as Likely to Wear Seat Belts
  • Twice as Likely to Believe Belts Affect Safety
  • Speed Half as Often
control the keys
Control the Keys

Access Makes a Difference!

Teens with primary access are more than twice as likely to report having been in a crash than teens who share a car.

parent engagement
Parent engagement
  • A3309/S3058
    • Requires teen to attend an orientation w/parent or guardian as pre-requisite for obtaining a permit
    • Extend minimum permit holding period from 6 to 12 months
    • 50 hours of practice (10 at night) w/BTW training; 100 hours of practice (20 at night) w/o BTW
resources
Resources
  • www.njteendriving.com (parent website)
  • www.ugotbrains.com (teen website)
  • www.njdrivereducation.com (teacher/professional website)
  • Share the Keys facilitator training: violet.marrero@lps.state.nj.us; cknezek@gmail.com
  • www.nsc.org/njteens-gdl4u(NJ Teen Coalition)
  • www.facebook.com/gdl4u (NJ Teen Coalition)
  • http://www.nj.gov/oag/hts/downloads/NJ-Teen-Drivers-2010.pdf (DHTS teen driving report)
questions
Questions?

Pam Fischer, MLPA

Pam Fischer Consulting

Leader, NJ Teen Safe Driving Coalition

550 Naughright Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853

908-684-1036 (O) * 908-619-2786 (C)

pfischer550@comcast.net