Oklahoma Strategic Highway Safety Plan
Fourth Meeting of the Young Drivers Emphasis Area Team
Friday, June 8, 2007; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Precision Driving Training Center
Oklahoma State University, 900 N. Portland Ave. - Oklahoma City, OK
1. Welcome & Introductions
2. Recap of Third Team Meeting
3. Review Meeting Objectives for Today’s Meeting
Focus of this meeting is to discuss each focus area; clarify the key issues; and, to identify potential
4. Develop Overall Goal Statement for Young Driver Emphasis Area
Emphasis Area Goal: “To reduce the # of fatalities and serious injuries among drivers between the ages
of 16 and 25 by 20% by 2015.”
5. Identification of Possible Strategies Based on Review of Resource Materials
a. Strategies in the area of Enforcement/Judicial
Major Davidson (OHP) felt that the most effective role for law enforcement would be
to be available to talk to young drivers about the implications of unsafe driving. This
could be facilitated through law enforcement participation in drivers education
programs. Major Davidson said that the emphasis should be on prevention, rather
than enforcement after violations.
He also discussed DUI enforcement at bars. Some of the larger police departments
conduct sting operations but not on a consistent basis.
The Insurance Institute will be sending informational brochures to drivers ed teachers
regarding insurance penalties for violations.
GDL requirements are printed on the back of Junior Operator licenses to inform the
operator as well as law enforcement about GDL requirements/restrictions.
b. Strategies in the area of Driver Education and Behavior (prepared by Catreana
Bennett and Alyn Mills)
Problem Identification: Traffic data shows that Young Drivers (16-24) are involved in
a disproportionate share of collisions when compared to other age groups in the
driving population. Crashes per licensed driver decrease with age. Special measures
are required to improve young driver education, performance and proficiency in an
effort to reduce the number of serious/incapacitating injuries caused by young
OBJECTIVE: Reduce the number of crashes involving young drivers through more
effective driver education programs, professional and public, thereby reducing the
number of serious/incapacitating injuries and fatalities involving young drivers.
STRATEGY 1: Review, evaluate, and improve driver education, professional and
1. Develop statewide standardized driver education curriculum to harmonize
professional and public driver education curriculums.
2. Review behind-the-wheel driver education requirements as well as increase
instruction by a certified instructor.
3. Require a certified hands-on advanced driving course after the GDL.
4. Increase enrollment and availability of driver education programs in tribal areas
and include Tribal Communities in all driver education initiatives for young
5. Develop standards for driver education instructors to include professional
development and recertification every two years.
6. Establish an oversight group to monitor compliance with standardized curriculum
and instructor certification.
7. Develop and mandate a pre-driver education workshop for parents of driver
education students to inform parents of their roles and responsibilities, as well as
issues facing new drivers. NEW!
8. Require post licensure training for ticketed teens to include driver improvement
and defensive driving. (Specify citations requiring attendance at these courses.)
9. Increase parent (guardian) involvement in young driver education and
performance by requiring parents to attend driver improvement courses for
ticketed teens and requiring a parent (guardian) teen contract to be attached to
driver license applications for teen drivers.
10. Establish a dedicated funding source to support Drivers Education programs in
STRATEGY 2: Develop a pre-licensing awareness program beginning at grade 7
through grade 12.
STRATEGY 3: Explore funding from private foundations and/or companies.
c. Strategies in the area of Engineering/Infrastructure
d. Strategies in the area of Awareness and Public Education
STRATEGY 1: Schools and parents of drivers aged 16 to 18 should be encouraged to
utilize the following groups to assist young drivers in reducing unsafe driving
Alive @ 25
Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)
Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD)
Oklahoma Highway Patrol
Programs offered by Insurance Companies
Oklahoma Safety Council
Oklahoma Operation Lifesaver
Oklahoma Association for Pupil Transportation (OAPT)
STRATEGY 2: Young drivers between the ages of 18-34 should also be allowed to
benefit from programs available to employers and colleges. These programs often
provide insurance discounts for both the employer and the employee.
STRATEGY 3: Defensive Driving Course (Oklahoma or National Safety Council
Programs) offered by Insurance companies.
STRATEGY 4: The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office may be a good resource to
promote these programs to school and to the general public.
STRATEGY 5: The Oklahoma Association for Pupil Transportation (OAPT) will
prepare promotional brochures that will encourage high school students to use school
bus transportation to travel from home to school and for all school related activities.
STRATEGY 6: Schools should be encouraged to delay the beginning bell time until at
least 8:00 am. Studies have demonstrated that a delayed starting time improves
student performance because teens are more alert later in the morning. The added
benefit will be to reduce driver fatigue traveling to school.
STRATEGY 7: The Graduated Drivers License (GDL) should be amended to align the
night driving restriction to the national model (9:00 pm) or at least earlier than 11:00
pm under the current regulations.
STRATEGY 8: All accidents involving 16-18 year old drivers should be analyzed and
the causal factors forwarded to driver education teachers and school districts.
Instructors should be encouraged to target the behaviors in classroom instruction.
STRATEGY 9: The use of cell-phones for GDL drivers should be prohibited by law.
STRATEGY 10: Alternative sentencing for certain traffic violations should include
mandatory driver retraining. The Oklahoma Driver Improvement Course is a good
STRATEGY 11: School Resource Officers should be utilizing during school travel
time to ensure students use seatbelts.
6. Objectives for next meeting
Each subgroup should have their objectives and strategies updated and in the action plan
7. Outline milestones for the next 4-6 weeks, define target goals
Have draft objectives and strategies complete by June 30, 2007.
8. Assignments for next meeting
• Each subgroup is to submit their objectives and strategies in the action plan
• Prior to the meeting, Sam will provide:
o Example templates from other states
o Information on funding resources to support SHSP strategies
9. Schedule next meeting
Tuesday June 19, 2007, Oklahoma Department of Transportation 200 N.E. 21st St.,
Oklahoma City, OK 73105, Design Conference Room 2C7
Phone Number: 1-866-270-2016 (US-Toll Free)
Meeting ID: 1323
1. Catreana Bennett OSU-OKC Precision Driving Training Center
2. Gerald Davidson Oklahoma Highway Patrol
3. David Koeneke Oklahoma Safety Council
4. Sam Lawton Cambridge Systematics, Inc.
5. Paul Matthews Oklahoma Highway Users Federation
6. Randy McLerran Oklahoma Department of Education
7. Ally Mills Oklahoma Operation Lifesaver
8. Kathie Stepp Oklahoma Insurance Department
9. Gary Wallis Oklahoma Department of Transportation
10. Wick Warden Tetra Tech
11. Patricia Wimberley OK Safe Kids Coalition
12. Marc Young Oklahoma Insurance Department