What are the effects of teens delaying learning how to drive – or the phenomenon of “delay in driving licensure” (DDL)? How does it relate to Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) approaches for teen safety? In this webinar, two national experts will discuss factors that contribute to DDL in teens (Dr. Vaca) and the benefits, status, and needed refinements in GDL (Dr. Weast), followed by audience questions.
Federico Vaca, MD, MPH is a Professor in Yale School of Medicine's Department of Emergency Medicine and Director of the Yale Developmental Neurocognitive Driving Simulation Research Center. Dr. Vaca is a practicing and board-certified emergency medicine physician. He previously served as a Medical Fellow for the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in Washington, D.C. Over the last 20 years, his research has focused on occupant safety, adolescent development and behaviors that influence the risk of motor vehicle crash morbidity and mortality as well as health disparities in injury and alcohol use disorders. His research has been funded federally by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), NIH’s Office of Behavioral and Social Science (OBSSR), and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).
Rebecca Weast, PhD is a Research Scientist at the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Dr. Weast received a master’s degree and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Virginia and a bachelor's degree from Franklin and Marshall College. She joined the IIHS in 2016 and conducts research primarily on issues related to teen drivers and drowsy driving. The IIHS is an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses — deaths, injuries and property damage — from motor vehicle crashes.