How it Helps
Expanding public transportation access to youth, older adults, and impaired drivers requires that transit stations are appropriately located. For example, public bus stops can be placed closer to schools and universities, retirement and nursing homes, and within bar districts. To reduce the incidence of drowsy driving, more bus stops can be located near hospitals and business districts with a high proportion of tired workers.
Introducing educational interventions to inform teens and other road users about the dangers of drinking and driving can raise awareness about responsible drinking behaviors.2 These educational programs can also include information about drug-impaired driving, drowsy driving, distracted driving, and other risky behaviors. Additionally, older driver education programs can be developed to inform older adults about their unique risk factors while driving in order to encourage safe behaviors and reduce crash risk.
1) National Institute of Aging
The National Institute of Aging, a division within the federal National Institutes of Health, contains relevant information such as risk factors for older drivers, how to recognize and handle unsafe driving behaviors, and safe driving tips for older adults.
2) Parents Are the Key Campaign
Parents Are the Key, a campaign developed by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), provides information and resources to parents of teen drivers to help them promote safe driving behaviors. This initiative can also be used by pediatricians and other community partners.