Educating Youth for a Lifetime of Safe Driving

New York State Driver & Traffic Safety Education Association


New York Education Department - Driver Education

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New York State Driver
Traffic Safety Education Association
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Joining Together to Save Young Lives
Health Research, Inc. (HRI) has announced a collaboration to advance teen driver safety.

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.
Establish collaborations with evaluation experts affiliated with an academic institutions.
Conduct rigorous evaluation and publish results.
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 DERIC mission.

To learn more or donate please contact us at: 1-877-71-DERIC or email us at


DERIC is collaboration between the New York State Department of Health, Health Research, Inc., the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles and the New York State Education Department.



Driver Education Teachers we need your input. Please click on the link below to gain access to the survey.

The survey will take approximately 15 minutes to complete. Thank you in advance for your participation.


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 Committee.


A 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).

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