Sponsored by The Universities at Shady Grove and Rockville Institute

Teen Driving Safety Issues

Monday, April 11, 2011, at 4:00 p.m.

The Universities at Shady Grove
The Camille Kendall Academic Center

Building III, Room 3241
9636 Gudelsky Drive
Rockville, MD 20850
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The Issue

To combat the high crash risk of teen drivers, most states have implemented Graduated Drivers License (GDL) programs to place limits on the conditions in which novice teen drivers are permitted to operate vehicles. Presenters will discuss the underlying factors associated with teen driving behavior and the effectiveness of GDL-related countermeasure programs.

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Mark Freedman, is the Director of the Transportation and Safety Research Group at Westat. He has nearly 40 years of experience in designing and conducting research in traffic safety, transportation planning, traffic engineering, and human factors. He has participated in many studies concerning teen driving, seat belts, traffic speeds, impaired driving, traffic law enforcement, and driver and pedestrian behavior. He has also directed regional and national surveys on travel behavior, occupant restraints and pedestrian needs. This afternoon, Mark will present on an evaluation of a graduated drivers license provision to increase teen seat belt use.

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Neil Lerner, is the Manager of Human Factors within Westat’s Transportation, Safety, and Social Services group. He has over 30 years of experience in the conduct of behavioral research on safety, particularly roadway safety studies. He has been investigating the nature of the problems of teen drivers and how to address them in numerous studies over the past 20 years. Neil’s presentation will be on the influence of passengers on teen driver behavior.

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Captain Thomas Didone, is a second-generation police officer who joined the Montgomery County Police Department in 1986. During Captain Didone’s 25 year career with the department he has served in a variety of patrol, traffic, technical, tactical and supervisory positions. In August 2010, Captain Didone was assigned to his current position as the Director of the Traffic Division. Captain Didone is the Police Department’s foremost authority on youth underage drinking and matters involving traffic issues. He is a nationally recognized expert and speaker on these issues and has been responsible for developing several traffic safety related enforcement programs implemented by law enforcement agencies across the country. Capt. Didone will present on teen crash risk factors and actions that parents can take to reduce those risks.

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Mark Freedman's PowerPoint presentation (PDF)
Neil Lerner's PowerPoint presentation (PDF)

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