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Below is a list and short description of all articles that are linked to outside of this website, primarily, at the Drivers.com website.  At these links you can find reference to other related articles and in-depth research documents.
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Global Road Safety Report. - A pdf document which requires Adobe Acrobat reader.  An 80 page Report from the international Make Roads Safe organisation.
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Arrive Alive - South Africa. - has set up a National Traffic Call Centre... where members of the public can volunteer to become "Traffic Observers" who report on a whole range of dangerous and corrupt behaviour.
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Wrong turn: how the fight to make America's highways safer went off course  — The author argues that William Haddon and others of his era overemphasized passive safety measures in vehicles, while underestimating drivers' willingness to adopt safer habits.

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The future of driver education — The author provides a brief history of driver education in the USA, describes current events, and suggests some future directions.
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What works in changing road user behaviour — This report reviews published research (to December 1994) on behaviour models that have been used to attempt to explain road user behaviour, and it summarizes the results of efforts to change that behaviour using four broad classes of tools? Legislation, Enforcement, Reinforcement, and Education.

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Technology and the driver — Several technological advances that are making their way from theory to practice are outlined in this article.
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Have the wheels fallen off traffic enforcement? — Positive influence of driver behaviour requires both "the carrot and the stick," and enforcement threat is the sharp end of the stick. Research has shown that the chances of getting caught are much more important than the size of the penalty in shaping driver behaviour. 

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Safer driving through reflective thinking — The author argues that the focus on skill which has dominated approaches to dealing with driving behaviour should be reconsidered, and other aspects given prominence.
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External controls for speeding drivers? — Research underway in Europe could lead to compulsory electronic speed limiters fitted to all cars within a decade.
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The 'RoadSense' ten point safety plan — this Australian website offers its suggestions for reducing the emphasise on speed and their reliance on speed cameras.

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Limiting Speed... Limiting Safety — How the totalitarian threat of external vehicle control threatens a road safety disaster.
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Informal vs. formal traffic laws — The battle over speed limits may be more one of roadway equity and the role of the car in transportation than of saving lives.
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Driver education: how to get the results we are looking for — Scholarly article recommends changes to DE at all levels, aiming at a new and more effective role for DE in the new century.
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Personal risk: risk behaviour and young drivers — If people are predisposed to taking risks, how can they be convinced to drive more cautiously? A psychologist tackles the problem of behaviour change.

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The effects of a graduated driver licensing program — Summarizes an interim report from Ontario, Canada's Ministry of Transportation on the effects of graduated driver licensing on new driver collision rates.
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How old is too old? — Recent attention on crashes of older drivers leads columnist Gary Magwood to propose a lifelong evaluation process for all drivers.
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Is tough enforcement the best way to improve traffic safety? — A Drivers.com editorial asks whether tougher and tougher enforcement is the best way to reduce sloppy and reckless driving and improve safety?
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Learning to drive: a guide for parents — A Drivers.com guide for parents of novice drivers. Covers several topics, including communicating in the car, how drivers learn best, safe driving tips, and attitude. (NEW - PDF version for easy printing) 
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New curriculum to revolutionize driver training — A Drivers.com editorial highlights some of the points made in a report from the U.S. AAA-FTS on driver education.

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On the roads: war or peace? — Is the standard of driving on our roads worse than it was a decade or two ago? Is highway culture breaking down into an uncivilized war zone of "me first" driving laced with aggression and hostility?
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Road rage—media hype or serious road safety issue?  — Road safety researcher Dr. Barry Elliott analyses the definition of "road rage," the facts on traffic violence, and the implications for road safety.

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Driver training is entering a new era — Road rage is one sign that harmonious coexistence amongst drivers will require new and more extensive training.
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"I'm a good driver: you're not!" — Most drivers believe they are better than those around them but women are more convinced, says a U.K. study. And they are also more likely to blame others for a crash they are involved in.
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Finding the crashes of the future — How police, crash reconstructionists, the public, and driver educators can work together to identify crash risks before the crashes happen.

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Is legal driving safe driving? — The author argues that the tendency to confuse the interrelated but different concepts of "legal" and "safe" driving hinders the effectiveness of driver education and potentially perpetuates risky driving behaviour.
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Traffic calming and the battle for the roadway  — Traffic calming road design features are angering drivers, but they may be a better alternative than speed limit enforcement and fines.
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Older children don't buckle up — Young children today are more often seated properly in child safety seats, but older kids ride unbuckled and die in car crashes at rates similar to adults, shows recent U.S. data. And 27 states have upgraded related laws since 2001.

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Older drivers in danger — While many believe that older drivers are a threat to other drivers, a recent study demonstrates, yet again, that the driving elderly represent a bigger threat to themselves.
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Road rage (USA) — Tailgating, giving the finger, outright violence—Americans grow more likely to take out their frustrations on other drivers.

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Running red lights becoming an epidemic — The leading excuse cited by the red light runners is "being in a hurry!" But each year crashes caused by driving through red lights result in nearly 1,000 fatalities and 90,000 injuries in the U.S. And it's getting worse.  

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Should teens ride with teens? — Laws limiting the number of teenage passengers who may ride with inexperienced teen drivers are highly supported, says a new survey, but just half of the states have such laws, even though they seem effective.

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