Young drivers and the efficacy of the Texas drug and alcohol driving awareness program

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Title: Young drivers and the efficacy of the Texas drug and alcohol driving awareness program
Author: Darnell, Richard
Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the efficacy of the Texas Drug and Alcohol Driving Awareness Program (TDADAP ) in relation to alcohol -related offenses among young drivers . Participants in this study were students in pre -license programs for young beginning drivers who either received or did not receive TDADAP instruction as part of their curriculum . Based on the examination and statistical analysis of Texas Department of Public Safety driving record data , findings indicate that TDADAP participation did positively influence subsequent alcohol -related traffic convictions . Participants that received TDADAP instruction had a total of 5601 records , 231 of which were alcohol -related convictions . Participants who did not receive TDADAP instruction had a total 5945 records with 376 alcohol -related convictions . Promising results came from findings associated with TDADAP participation and the total number of alcohol -related offenses attributed to a group , the number of ALR offenses , MIP offenses , PI offenses and DUI /DWI offenses attributed to a group . When adjusted for group size , participants who did not receive TDADAP instruction had 53 % more convictions than the TDADAP participants . With regard to alcohol -related accidents , findings were mixed in that the test group had a higher -than -expected number of participants with at least one accident , while the control group frequency was less than expected . The reverse was found when considering participants with two alcohol -related accidents . When taken as a whole , results from this study indicate that while TDADAP participation may influence alcohol -related traffic convictions and some alcohol -related accidents , it is a more accurate predictor of alcohol -related traffic convictions and a less accurate predictor of all alcohol -related accidents .
URI: http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -1528
Date: 2009-05-15

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Young drivers and the efficacy of the Texas drug and alcohol driving awareness program. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /1969 .1 /ETD -TAMU -1528 .

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