Press Releases


Press Releases

Read press releases about the research behind Teen Driver Source featuring CIRP@CHOP experts.

Penn and CHOP Team Receives $1.84 Million Grant to Study Best Practices for Curbing Cell Phone Use While Driving

M. Kit Delgado, MD, MS, an assistant professor of Emergency Medicine and Epidemiology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and an associate fellow at the Center for Injury Research and Prevention at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and a team from Penn and CHOP have received a major grant from the Federal Highway Administration, an agency within the US Department of Transportation, to help curb distracted driving. The $2.3 million project, which includes $1.84 million in federal funds in addition to contributed funding from several participating organizations, is one of the largest federally-funded research projects to address driving and cell phone use.

How Do You Get Teens to Stop Cell Phone Use While Driving? Survey says, Show Them the Money

Teens who admit to texting while driving may be convinced to reduce risky cell phone use behind the wheel when presented with financial incentives, such as auto-insurance apps that monitor driving behavior, according to a new survey conducted by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). However, while more than 90 percent of those surveyed said they were willing to give up sending or reading text messages, almost half said they would want to retain some control over phone functions, such as music and navigation. Survey results are published in the journal Traffic Injury Prevention

It’s Not Just Contact Sports: Youth Concussions Result from Broad Range of Activities

A new study from Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that activities children engage in on a daily basis can result in concussions. While the majority of concussions were related to sports and recreational activity (70 percent), 30 percent were due to non-sports and non-recreational mechanisms, including motor vehicle crashes.

Mental Health Issues Linked to Risky Driving in Newly Licensed Teens

Mental health symptoms related to attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and conduct disorder are associated with increased errors in a driving simulator and self-reported risky driving behaviors in adolescents, according to a study in Nursing Research. Catherine C. McDonald, lead author and a member of CHOP's Teen Driver Safety Research team, explains why more research is needed in this area to reduce teen crash risk.

Teens with Weak Attention Skills at Greater Risk of Hazardous Driving

Teenage drivers are three times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash than adults, and one potential contributing risk factor is the ongoing development of a group of attention skills known as executive function.

Ohio Leads Country with Portable Driver Simulators to Assess Driving Skills of New Drivers

As part of the Drive Toward a Safer Ohio initiative, the Ohio Department of Public Safety has partnered with Children’s’ Hospital of Philadelphia  and the Ohio State University to develop a virtual driving test to assess driving skills of new drivers before they test for their permanent Ohio driver license.