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ERIC Number: ED227553
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Pages: 13
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Reference Count: 0
High School Students with Highest Driving Grades Have Worst Driving Record.
Ogletree, Earl J.; Bonk, Gary
A number of studies have yielded contradictory findings about the relationship between teenage drivers' accident records and their completion of driver education classes. A sample of 75 senior students (37 male and 38 female) who had taken a driver education course was administered an 11-item questionnaire. The results of the study showed 18-year-old male students and students who received A's in the driver education course to have the most freedom in the use of an automobile and also to have the greatest number of traffic violations, accidents, suspensions, and incidences of drinking and driving. The results suggest that behind-the-wheel grades do not portend a good driving record. The A students' poor driving record can probably be traced to the freedom in the use of the car. Suggestions for improving teenager driver behavior and the immature attitudes that lead to reckless and chance-taking driving include having fire department rescue paramedics demonstrate, with film and photographs, the consequences of traffic accidents. Other remedies include issuing young and new drivers a probationary license, the enforcement of seat belt use, and the legislation of stricter drunk driving laws with compensatory liability responsibility that includes parents as well as students. (MLF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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