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Teen Traffic Safety Education program moves online after schools close

Jason Jackman, Researcher for the Center for Urban Transportation Research at University of South Florida, teaches an in-person safety course to high school students shortly before classes were moved online.

The Teen Traffic Safety Education program is offered to high school students enrolled in driver’s education and health classes in Citrus, Hernando, Hillsborough, Pasco, and Pinellas counties in Florida. After schools closed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety program temporarily transitioned to an online format. During the 2019-20 school year, 372 in-class presentations were delivered to over 7,000 students at 40 high schools, educating teens about Florida traffic laws pertaining to motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. The program also emphasizes safe driving practices when sharing roadways with those walking and bicycling.

An online Teen Traffic Safety Education module was developed as part of the curriculum being provided to students learning from home. In the online version of the program, students first take a pretest to measure their existing knowledge, then watch a slideshow of the Teen Traffic Safety Education presentation with a voice-over from one of the Teen Traffic Safety Education presenters. Following the presentation, students then take a post-test.

The Teen Traffic Safety Education program is managed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research (CUTR) with funding from the Florida Department of Transportation District Seven.

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