2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

An Assessment of High-Risk Driving Behaviors of Truman State University Students
Brittany A. Brands
Dr. Roberta Donahue, Faculty Mentor

The leading cause of death among young adults in the United States is motor vehicle crashes. The driving behaviors of this age group often increase their risk of injury or death. The Missouri College Health Behavior Survey is conducted annually on thirteen campuses by the Partners in Prevention Coalition to assess health-related behaviors among this population. The most recent data was collected at Truman in April 2008. This presentation will address driving behaviors of Truman students. Students reported a wide range of risk behaviors such as drinking and driving, failure to wear a safety belt, talking on cell phones, texting while driving, drowsy driving and use of excessive speed. One encouraging result from this survey was a substantial increase in awareness among students of the CHEERS designated driver program since the 2007 survey. Increasing awareness of the CHEERS program is an important objective of Trumans Partners in Prevention Coalition.

Keywords: Health Behaviors, Driving Behaviors, College Students

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 5-7
Location: PML
Time: 4:15

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