A New GDL Framework: Planning for the Future


The Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF) is conducting a three-phase project to develop and implement a new Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Framework. It is designed to better protect young drivers and reduce their elevated crash risk by integrating GDL programs with other best practice safety strategies for teens including driver education, licence testing and in-vehicle monitoring technologies.

The objective of Phase 1 is to review the scientific evidence associated with young driver programs and consider the various facets of an effective GDL program. In addition, opportunities to integrate other proven and promising strategies to better protect young drivers throughout their first years of driving in a more comprehensive way are being examined. International experts representing researchers and road safety practitioners from the United States, Canada, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and Australia met in June 2014 to undertake this review, and the Phase 1 report was released in January 2015.

The Phase 2 report focuses on strategies to assist jurisdictions with implementing the GDL Framework. This implementation plan is based on a survey of initiatives aimed at enhancing GDL and teen driver safety in 28 US states and 8 Canadian provinces. The survey results were shared during a 2-day International Symposium involving more than 50 road safety professionals. Emerging from this symposium was a high-level implementation plan that could support the efforts of jurisdictions to improve young driver safety. The Phase 2 report entitled, “A New GDL Framework: Planning for the Future,” was released in November 2016.

Phase 3 begins in Fall 2016 and focuses on the development of an online resource centre and the pilot of practical tools and resources, combined with a technical assistance strategy, to further support state efforts to improve safety among young drivers

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National Safety Council, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, The Allstate Foundation, The Toyota Foundation and Nationwide Insurance

Project Status: Ongoing

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