Miles to Go: Establishing Benchmarks for Teen Driver Safety

Published on in CHOP News

January 24, 2011 — With a groundswell of public awareness and support building behind teen driver safety, researchers at The Center for Injury Research and Prevention at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), with support from State Farm Insurance Companies®, released an inaugural national research report on Jan. 24, 2011.

Miles to Go: Establishing Benchmarks for Teen Driver Safety establishes 11 indicators that will be used to measure how far we have come and how far we have to go in making progress for teen driver safety.

These indicators were chosen for their ability to motivate action and measure progress and provide a snapshot of teen driver safety for the nation. Read the full report to learn more about the sources of data and the criteria upon which they were selected for these analyses.

By setting these benchmarks based on the most credible traffic safety data from federal sources, policymakers, educators, researchers, and advocates will be able to scientifically measure our country’s efforts to address the No. 1 public health risk facing adolescents — motor vehicle crashes. Monitoring these indicators regularly will help those who set direction in public health and safety to motivate action, measure progress, and recalibrate programs as necessary to further advance the safety of everyone on the road.

Miles to Go examines the broader impact of teen driver crashes on society, including passengers, pedestrians, and other road users, and sets benchmarks against which to measure change. We must all work together to effectively address this teen public health crisis. Please share this report with your colleagues and continue to push for positive change.

Download the report

Read the press release.

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