NICHD Program Helps Parents Set Limits To Reduce Teens' Driving Under Risky Conditions

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Effect Lasts Through Critical One-Year Period

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A new program reduces the likelihood that teens will drive under conditions that place them at the greatest risk for a car crash, according to a study from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, one of the National Institutes of Health.

The Checkpoints Program, developed by NICHD scientists, teaches parents to limit their teenagers' exposure to certain driving conditions for the first 12 months after teens receive their licenses - the time when they are statistically most likely to get into a car crash.

The Checkpoints Program's central feature is a written agreement that parents and teens sign.

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