Yale Study: First Nicotine Product Tried Correlates With Current Product Use and Nicotine Dependence in Youth
Young people who use smokeless tobacco as their first nicotine product may be more likely to try other nicotine products and develop nicotine dependence, according to a new study by Yale researchers. Patricia Simon, PhD, assistant professor adjunct of psychiatry, is the study's first author.Source: Preventive Medicine
Decision support tool to assist with trauma triage for pediatric patients involved motor vehicle collisions
Yale Developmental Neurocognitive Driving Simulation Research Center (DrivSim Lab) faculty, in collaboration with investigators from University of Virginia, recently published a study that developed an injury severity prediction model for pediatric patients that are involved in motor vehicle collisions, which can accurately predict the severeness of an injured pediatric patient.
Analysis of alcohol-related deaths among young passengers riding with an impaired driver
A study by Yale Developmental Neurocognitive Driving Simulation Research Center (DrivSim Lab) faculty, in collaboration with several institutions, takes a closer look at the characteristics of factors contributing to motor-vehicle deaths of 15 to 20-year-old passengers that ride with an impaired driver.
Yale DrivSim faculty use systems science to develop a causal loop model focused on systems in society that influences driving after drinking behaviors among adolescents and young adults
A recent review by several Yale Developmental Neurocognitive Driving Simulation Research Center (DrivSim Lab) faculty, in collaboration with several institutions, identifies and maps key feedback mechanisms that affect alcohol-impaired driving among adolescents and young adults in the U.S.
Ongoing Increase in Traffic Fatalities Confirms Need for National Strategy, More Safety Resources
Today, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported that 31,720 people were killed on U.S. roadways in the first nine months of 2021, a record 12% increase from the same period last year. This is the most people killed on our roadways through the first nine months of any year since 2006, and the largest nine-month percentage increase ever in the nearly 50-year history of the Fatality Analysis Reporting System. Roadway deaths rose in 38 states, stayed the same in two, and fell in 10 states and the District of Columbia.Source: Governors Highway Safety Association
New GHSA Report Affirms Behavioral Aspect of Safe System Approach to Reaching Zero Traffic Deaths
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) today released a new report that makes the case for the integral role of behavioral safety and road user responsibility in the Safe System approach to traffic safety and includes recommendations for how organizations and advocates can work together toward ending roadway deaths. This new report, developed for GHSA by Cambridge Systematics, comes ahead of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s anticipated release in January of a National Roadway Safety Strategy that will be rooted in the Safe System approach.Source: Governers Highway Safety Association
Associations between simulated and self-reported driving among young adults with and without prenatal cocaine exposure
Dr. Deepa Camenga as lead author, in collaboration with several Yale DrivSim faculty, published a study focused on examining associations between simulated and self-reported driving among teens with and without prenatal cocaine exposure.
National Teen Driver Safety Week: Promoting Rules of the Road for Teens
National Teen Driver Safety Week is October 17-23, 2021. During National Teen Driver Safety Week, let’s all work together to help the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) spread the word about teen driving safety.
States Focus on Impaired Driving Leading into Labor Day Weekend to Prevent Traffic Deaths
The Labor Day holiday is an especially deadly time for impaired driving, and the risks are even greater than normal this year as traffic volumes increase. More than 10,000 people die each year in crashes involving drunk drivers, and the impacts on younger people are even more pronounced. During the 2019 Labor Day holiday, nearly half (46%) of the drivers aged 18-34 killed in motor vehicle crashes had a BAC of 0.08 or higher. While the impaired driving problem is not new, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has released highly concerning evidence pointing to increases in drunk, drugged and multi-substance driving during the pandemic.Source: Governor's Highway Safety Association
Trajectories of risky driving among emerging adults with their mental and psychosomatic health predictors in the 12th grade
DrivSim Lab faculty publish an article on identifying trajectory classes of risky driving among emerging adults and examining predictive associations of depressive and psychosomatic symptoms in the 12th grade with the identified trajectory classes.Source: Traffic Injury Prevention
Dr. Federico Vaca leads NIH funded study exploring the phenomena of teens delaying driving licensure
DrivSim Lab Director, Dr. Federico Vaca, leads NIH funded study in collaboration with NIH intramural investigators to explore the phenomena of teens delaying driving licensure and the differences between teen groups.
Several DrivSim Lab faculty along with NIH intramural investigators publish a study on impaired driving
Several DrivSim Lab faculty along with NIH intramural investigators publish a study funded by the NIH exploring the longitudinal trajectories of teen drivers that report impaired driving and riding with an impaired driver.
DrivSim Lab Faculty Present Original Research at the Annual Research Society on Alcoholism Scientific Meeting
DrivSim Lab faculty recently presented original research at the joint conference of the 44th Annual Research Society on Alcoholism (RSA) Scientific Meeting / International Society for Biomedical Research on Alcoholism (ISBRA) Congress – June 19-23, 2021.
Vaca weighs in on the risks of teen driving and how to improve safety
In an article published by WalletHub, each U.S. state is ranked by the best and worst states for teen drivers in 2021 by comparing safety, economic environment, and driving laws. Dr. Federico Vaca, Director of the Yale Developmental Neurocognitive Simulation Research Center (DrivSim Lab), provides insight on steps that teens, parents, and lawmakers can take to increase the safety of teen drivers.
With Independence Day Weekend Approaching, National Safety Council Urges Drivers to Stay Safe
The most dangerous driving periods of the year is approaching and the National Safety Council is urging drivers to use extra precaution when on the roads this Independence Day weekend. Over the holiday weekend, analysis shows that 400-580 people may die on the U.S roadways July 2-5.