Johns Hopkins researchers find that StreetSafe students
are significantly less likely to receive traffic citations.
- Students who follow StreetSafe’s recommended program (including classroom and 5-6 behind the wheel lessons) reduce their likelihood of traffic citations by approximately 50-60%
- On average, a behind the wheel lesson reduced traffic violations by 38% while classroom instruction lowered traffic violation risk by 34 to 35%
- Traffic citation is one of the best predictors of future crash risk (McCartt and Solomon, 2004)
- Researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health evaluated the effectiveness of the StreetSafe program by observing the traffic citation rate for students who received StreetSafe training between 2009 and 2011. The study included 1,715 students.
- Researchers used the Pennsylvania Magisterial District Court Docket Sheets online to determine type and number of traffic citations.
- Only 14% of StreetSafe students had recorded traffic violations in Pennsylvania. As a comparison, a study of Connecticut novice teen drivers (Simons-Morton, 2006) found that 30% of students self-reported traffic violations.
- According to lead researcher Dr. Bishai, “In the usual doses received by its students, 5-6 behind the wheel lessons, the driving instruction provided by this driving school was improving their driving safety as measured by the count of subsequent traffic violations. These intriguing results merit further investigation.”
Rymph A, Jones V, Bishai D “Dose-Response Effects of Driver’s Education on Traffic Violations in Pennsylvania”, Safe States 30th Annual Conference, Baltimore MD June 6, 2013