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Welcome to the teendriversource.org Pressroom. Here you will find teenage driver articles, reports, press releases, fact sheets, and blog posts about CIRP@CHOP research. We hope you check back often!

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An Update on Weed and Driving

In July, Oregon will become the fourth state to legalize recreational use of marijuana. In this post, NHTSA's first large scale study on the risk of associated with driving while under the influence of alcohol and other drugs (including marijuana) is discussed.

New Resource Alert: Watch GDL Decal Webinar and Access Fact Sheet

CIRP@CHOP has resources for stakeholders to advocate for a Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) decal provision in their state, including a recorded Webinar and a downloadable fact sheet.

Teen Driving Webinar: GDL Decals Research to Advocacy

Join CHOP for a free webinar on May 12 on how to boost your state's Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) program to save more teen lives. Hear from a leading teen driver safety researcher and the advocate who helped pass a decal in New Jersey, the first in the nation.

Teen Driving Webinar: "Proven and Promising Programs to Reach Parents"

Join us for a webinar on proven and promising programs to reach parents of teen drivers featuring Jessica H. Mirman, PhD, who will walk attendees through the TeenDrivingPlan Parent Guide, a new resource based on years of CHOP research to help parents effectively supervise practice driving.

What I Learned About Driving By Never Getting Behind the Wheel

In today's post, we are pleased to welcome guest blogger Christian Parker, a Civil Engineering student at Drexel University, who is working with CIRP's Simulated Driving Assessment team. Read about his experience working on the project as a non-driver.

New Resource Alert: TeenDrivingPlan Parent Guide

Download and share the TeenDrivingPlan Parent Guide with families to help them keep teen drivers safe and learning. This interactive resource is based on years of research at CHOP and also includes a Goal Guide and Logging and Planning Tool to keep everyone on track.

How to drive safely in the winter

Three hours of white-knuckle driving in the snow and sleet this past weekend inspired me to gather tips to drive safely in the winter. Whether you encounter unplowed snowy roads, or dangerous patches of black ice, consider these practical tips.

Is There A Relationship Between Video Racing Games and Risk-taking?

Read what one of CIRP's leading teen driver safety researchers has to say about a new study that explores the link between video racing games and risk-taking in driving conducted by researchers at Xi’an Jiaotong University’s School of Management in China.

Lifesavers’ Teen Driver Workshop Highlights

Lifesavers Conference arriving soon in Chicago on March 15-17. The Teen Traffic Safety Track workshops feature more than a dozen evidence-based programs and policies from 10 states-- covering all three stages of GDL. Here are some highlights.

Under Development: Video Game Technology to Help Teen Drivers Practice Speed Management

Speeding, a factor in more than one third of crashes involving teens behind the wheel, often occurs because teens don’t have enough experience to know what speed is safe, particularly in bad weather, when visibility is poor, or when traffic is bad. Researchers from CIRP@CHOP and Parallel Consulting are developing a video-based tool to teach teens about safe driving speeds under several common conditions.

2014 Blog Year in Review

As 2014 wraps up, we want to look back at our top blog posts for the year.

Driving Change in Canada: #PracticeSafeText!

What Parachute was able to achieve in such a short time in building a movement is amazing and shows what can be done through network mobilization, collective action and national organization. Learn from their experience launching National Teen Driver Safety Week in Canada and how #PracticeSafeText! went viral.

New Resource Alert: Webinar on Safety in Children with Special Health Care Needs

Patty Huang recently presented a webinar on safety in children with special health care needs (CHSCN), hosted by the Wisconsin Department of Health Services' Injury and Violence Prevention and CYSHCN Programs. In it, she describes key factors that place CSHCN at risk for unintentional injuries, and reviews strategies for injury prevention that families of CHSCN should know. Here are some links to access the presentation.

Active Safety in Motor Vehicles: Considering the Implications for Child Occupants and Teen Drivers

As active safety features (safety systems that are active prior to a crash, such as seat belts or air bags) become more complex in motor vehicles, it's critical for child safety researchers to consider the implications for child and adolescent motor vehicle occupants and teen drivers.

Are States Ready to Boost Their GDL?

New CIRP@CHOP research shows that a significant decline in teen driver crash rates in New Jersey was sustained for two years following implementation of a law requiring novice drivers display a decal on their license plates to aid in enforcement of GDL provisions. Read about two new legislative education tools which teen driver safety advocates can use to re-start conversations with legislators to improve state GDL laws.




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