2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

Safe Brake: Driving Safety Program for At-Risk Teens
Blair Ballard
Dr. Carol Cox, Faculty Mentor

Description of Project: At-risk youth living in a juvenile detention center and a drug treatment center participated in this safe driving program at their respective facilities. This program included a presentation about safe driving from a highway patrol officer using a car crash simulator and a presentation from Think-First-Missouri about brain injures resulting from car crashes. Objectives: -Provide a safe driving program to at-risk youth during the school year. -Upon completion, participants will intend to make safe driving choices to prevent tragic crashes. Discussion of objectives met: Two Safe Brake programs were presented during spring 2010. The majority (27/28, 96.4%) of participants intend to make safe driving choices in the future. Implications: Gammans will continue to educate at-risk populations like young drivers on unhealthy behaviors. Safe driving programs may still be in need. Conclusions: Most participants, when asked their future driving behavioral intentions reported aim of safer driving habits.

Keywords: driving , progam, at-risk, youth, safety

Topic(s):Health Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 10-3
Location: Georgian Room - SUB
Time: 4:30

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