The Driver Education Research and Innovation Center
(DERIC) was developed to evaluate the efficacy of driver education in New
York State (NYS). The DERIC is a collaboration between the New York State
(NYS) Department of Health, Health Research, Inc., NYS Department of Motor
Vehicles, NYS Education Department and the Governor's Traffic Safety
multi-pronged approach is proposed that will allow for an understanding of
the current status and use of drivers education in NYS and will expand upon
this knowledge to help identify a standardized driver education curricula
that reduces adverse motor vehicle incidents. To achieve this goal, a survey
has been developed for those who are teaching, or have taught within the
last 5 years, a Driver and Traffic Safety Education Course (DTSE).
Joining Together to Save Young Lives Health
Research, Inc. (HRI) has announced a collaboration to advance teen driver
The goal of DERIC is to develop and implement a driver's
education program that will reduce the risk of crashes, injuries and
deaths among young drivers age 16‐20 years.
According to the
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) young drivers, ages
16‐ to 20‐years old, are especially vulnerable to death and injury on our
roadways with traffic crashes as the leading cause of death for teenagers in
the U.S. According to Dr. Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention, "Motor vehicle safety is one of the agency's
most 'winnable battles', a problem that can be solved if evidence‐based
strategies and best practices are implemented across the U.S."
The DERIC Approach
- Convene experts in traffic safety, public health, and
adolescent learning to develop a
strategic plan to guide the DERIC initiative that will increase
awareness of teen driving as a public health priority.
Identify and develop promising driver's education curricula and pilot test
in NYS schools.
collaborations with evaluation experts affiliated with an academic
- Conduct rigorous evaluation and publish
- Share results nationally.
What DERIC Needs Now
Most importantly, we need your generous funding support for staffing the
development of the DERIC infrastructure and strategic planning. All support
received by Health Research, Inc. will be used exclusively to advance the