The Maryland Highway Safety Office perfomed a detailed analysis of drivers education programs and recently published a detailed report with an eye towards reducing the incidence of crashes and fatalities involving teen drivers.

The priority recommendations include :

1. An increased role for teachers and other stakeholders in evaluating and monitoring the effectiveness of drivers ed programs.

2. Increase the time and curricula for drivers ed instructors.

3, Increase parental involvement in drivers ed programs including a parental orientation program and a debriefing program with the instructor, to keep parents apprised of their child's progress.

4. Increase oversight of drivers ed schools with both overt and covert monitoring.

The ideas make a vast amount of sense particularly when young drivers involvement in injurious and deadly car accidents are disproportionately high.

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