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Teen Risk and Injury Prevention

The Teen Risk and Injury Prevention (TRIP) Group, led by Charlie Klauer, is focused on improving our knowledge of the risks that novice drivers face and how to improve novice driver safety. Novice drivers are over-represented in our nation’s fatality and injury crash statistics. One out of every five young drivers in the U.S. is involved in a collision within the first six months of driving. TRIP is dedicated to improving these statistics and preserving our nation’s youth.

To improve teen driving safety, we work to educate the public about teen driving risks and the best methods of alleviating these risks. We have formed partnerships with the Montgomery, Bedford and Roanoke County Public school districts and participate in Parent/Teen Safe Driving Meetings. At these meetings, members of TRIP present to parents and teenaged drivers the safety benefits of developing a Parent/Teen Driving Contract. We also present our research results at transportation conferences (e.g., the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting) and advocacy and policy conferences (e.g., LifeSavers Conference, Governor’s Highway Safety Conference). TRIP group members have participated in several safe driving documentaries and national news stories featured on the Discovery Channel, 20/20, 60 Minutes – Australia and other national evening news programs


    Charlie Klauer

Charlie Klauer, Ph.D., is a Research Scientist and the Leader of the Teen Risk and Injury Prevention (TRIP) Group. She has worked in transportation research for the past 13 years. While at VTTI, she served as the project manager for the 100-Car Naturalistic Driving Study and is currently a Principal Investigator and project manager for the Supervised Practice Driving Study, Driver Coach Study and the Canada Naturalistic Driving Study. Read More