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
Joan   Harris (Moderator)

Refering to: Driver Education: the secret to safer highways.

It is great to see the many people who have logged on and are suggesting, in different ways, that educating the public, and specifically drivers, will be the answer to dealing with the increasing numbers of electronic gizmos and other in-vehicle features that are showing up in new cars. All of these have the potential to distract drivers, and drivers need to learn how to use them SAFELY, under the proper circumstances, without jeopardizing themselves and others.

My question to the public: what do you think is the best way to reach drivers, to teach them about the safe use of these potentially distracting devices? What would be the most effective, economical, practical ways of promoting safety, especially in light of the huge array of devices that are now on the market?

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

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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