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Title:

An Evaluation of the Impact of the Virginia Driver Improvement Program on Negligent Driving: 12-Month Report: Interim Report
Authors:
Cheryl W. Lynn
Year: 1982
VTRC No.: 82-R43
Abstract: This study sought to evaluate the impact of the four basic treatment combinations of the rehabilitation component of the Virginia driver improvement program. It was found that receipt of a warning letter from the Division of Motor Vehicles had no effect on the subsequent driving records of program participants. Drivers attending the group interview as their first contact with the driver improvement program had significantly better posttreatment driving records than similar drivers not attending the interview. Paradoxically, although the group interview alone was extremely successful in reducing the numbers of convictions, when paired with the advisory letter it was completely ineffective. The personal interview-driver improvement clinic treatment combination was highly effective in reducing subsequent minor convictions and in increasing the length of time a driver remained conviction free. The program had no impact on accident experiences of participants.