Persistence of effects of the Checkpoints program on parental restrictions of teen driving privileges

Am J Public Health. 2005 Mar;95(3):447-52. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2003.023127.


Objectives: We describe intervention effects on parent limits on novice teenage driving.

Methods: We recruited parents and their 16-year-old children (n = 469) with learner's permits and randomized them from August 2000 to March 2003. Intervention families received persuasive newsletters related to high-risk teenage driving and a parent-teenager driving agreement; comparison families received standard information on driver safety. We conducted interviews when the adolescents obtained a learner's permit, upon licensure, and at 3, 6, and 12 months postlicensure.

Results: Intervention parents and teenagers reported stricter limits on teen driving compared with the comparison group at 12 months, with direct effects through 3 months and indirect effects through 12 months postlicensure.

Conclusions: A simple behavioral intervention was efficacious in increasing parental restriction of high-risk teen driving conditions among newly licensed drivers.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic / prevention & control
  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior* / psychology
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Automobile Driver Examination
  • Automobile Driving / education*
  • Automobile Driving / psychology
  • Automobile Driving / statistics & numerical data
  • Connecticut
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Health Education / organization & administration*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Licensure
  • Middle Aged
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • Negotiating
  • Parent-Child Relations
  • Parental Consent* / psychology
  • Parenting / psychology
  • Parents / education*
  • Parents / psychology
  • Program Evaluation
  • Risk Factors
  • Safety Management
  • Surveys and Questionnaires