The use of technology to address patterns of risk among teenage drivers

Shawn Brovold, Nic Ward, Max Donath, Stephen Simon, Craig Shankwitz, Janet Creaser

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Introduction: The crash risk of teens is high, with fatal crash rates of teen drivers higher than any other age group. New approaches to reduce teen traffic fatalities are clearly needed. Method: A possible approach to reduce the incidence of teen driver crashes and fatalities is through the use of vehicle-based intelligent driver support systems. To be most effective, the system should address the behaviors associated with an overwhelming number of teen fatal crashes: speed, low seatbelt use, and alcohol impairment. In-vehicle technology also offers an opportunity to address the issue of inexperience through enforcement of certain Graduated Driver's License provisions. Results: To fully understand the capability of such technologies, there should be a concerted effort to further their development, and human factors testing should take place to understand their effects on the driver. Impact: If successfully implemented, a Teen Driver Support System (TDSS), such as the one described here, could significantly decrease the number of teens killed in traffic crashes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)413-422
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Safety Research
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2007

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
The authors wish to acknowledge the support of the Intelligent Transportation Systems Institute at the University of Minnesota. The authors would also like to thank Alan Rodgers with the Minnesota Office of Traffic Safety, Loren Hill from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT), and Dan Brannan from Mn/DOT for providing their insight into the problem.

Copyright 2008 Elsevier B.V., All rights reserved.


  • Graduated licensing
  • Technology
  • Teen driver
  • Traffic fatalities
  • Traffic safety

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