Safety Campaigns & Public Education

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Papers, polls, Q&A items, and comments on this page are oriented to topics and issues associated with safety campaigns and public education regarding the safe use of in-vehicle technologies. Feel free to post comments on issues outlined below, or in response to papers, polls, and/or questions submitted to our expert panel. A moderator has been assigned to periodically synthesize comments, keep discussions focused and moving, emphasize key points, and offer additional insights into related issues.


Safety Campaigns

  • What information should be provided in public service announcements and how effective will it be? Who are the target drivers and how can they be reached?
  • What information does the public need, as drivers or as consumers of technology products?
  • How effective is the provision of safety tips? Do we understand the problem well enough to provide good tips?
Public Education
  • Is there a “learning curve” that makes the distraction risk particularly great for novice users of a technology or a specific product? Is there some way that training or practice could be introduced to minimize this?
  • Is there a need to introduce driver distraction/technology use into driver education curricula? Do novice drivers potentially have greater distraction problems and can training help with this?


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Safety Campaigns
   Have you changed how you use your cell phone in your vehicle because of a safety tip you saw or heard?   

comments   Driver Education: the secret to safer highways.   7/18/00 10:16:08 PM

comments   Reply and Question to Education Advocates   7/19/00 12:26:56 PM

comments   Safety campaigns will only go so far   7/19/00 3:29:19 PM

comments   Increased Awareness of the Need for Safety   7/20/00 5:38:58 PM
Sandra   Houppert
Private Citizen

Refering to: Reply and Question to Education Advocates

Many drivers don't understand how dangerous a car can be. Fortunately, most of us don't witness very many traffic accidents, so we assume there aren't many. My family recently traveled to South Dakota, where each location on the highway where there has been an accident is marked with a small sign. The signs look like the ones that mark underground cables, but most of them say THINK! At the location of a fatal accident, the sign says WHY DIE? I was surprised that there were so many signs. Traffic is much more sparse than where I live and people didn't seem to be driving differently. I suppose that if my state used similar signs, I would be surprised about how many of them there are. Safety will not become an issue for drivers until they realize they are vulnerable. The signs would help as part of an overall safety awareness and education program.

comments   Appreciating the Privilege of Driving   7/20/00 9:57:10 PM

comments   Educator's response to Joan Harris, Moderator   7/24/00 10:09:27 PM

comments   I agree with Mark Renn   7/26/00 4:38:21 PM
Public Education
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