Checkpoints Program™

Overview

The Checkpoints Program is an evidence-based, parent-oriented teen-driving intervention, for statewide adoption in Michigan using a sustainable delivery mode that could be adopted and institutionalized by other states. Two web-based Checkpoints Programs™ with interactive parent-teen driving agreements are available free—for Michigan at saferdrivingforteens.org, and for all states at youngdriverparenting.org.

Checkpoints™ was originally developed by Dr. Bruce Simons-Morton of the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, an agency of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The program was then adapted for the Web by the faculty of the University of Michigan Injury Center in two projects supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Download the U-M Injury Center's Issues & Solutions Sheet:

Visit the Safer Driving for Teens YouTube channel for videos.

Program Components

Provides parents with information about:

  • Risks teens face when first licensed (facts and myths about teen driving safety).
  • How they can make their teens’ driving safer.
  • How to effectively communicate with teens about safe driving (video content).
  • Interactive parent-teen driving agreements that set clear guidelines and consequences for their teens’ early driving and adapt as their teens progress.

Evidence of Effectiveness

Checkpoints helps parents create and use a parent-teen driving agreement during the first months teens drive without supervision. Teens whose parents used the agreement reported fewer risky driving behaviors (such as speeding, tailgating, turning fast, unsafe lane changes, cutting in front of other vehicles, going through yellow-red lights, etc.).

Data Attributes

Resource Type: 
Prevention Program
Host Organization: 
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI)
Injury Category: 
Transportation
Population: 
Adolescents
Evidence of Effectiveness Level: 
1

Contact Details

734-764-6504
University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute
2901 Baxter Rd.
Ann Arbor , MI 48109
United States
Citations: 
- Simons-Morton, B. G., Hartos, J. L., & Leaf, W. A. (2002). Promoting parental management of teen driving. Injury Prevention, 8(suppl 2), ii24-ii31.
- Simons-Morton, B. G., Hartos, J. L., & Beck, K. H. (2003). Persistence of effects of a brief intervention on parental restrictions of teen driving privileges. Injury Prevention, 9(2), 142-146.
- Simons-Morton, B. G., Hartos, J. L., & Beck, K. H. (2004). Increased parent limits on teen driving: positive effects from a brief intervention administered at the Motor Vehicle Administration. Prevention Science, 5(2), 101-111.
- Simons-Morton, B. G., Hartos, J. L., Leaf, W. A., & Preusser, D. F. (2005). Persistence of effects of the Checkpoints program on parental restrictions of teen driving privileges. American Journal of Public Health, 95(3), 447.
- Simons-Morton, B., Hartos, J. L., Leaf, W. A., & Preusser, D. F. (2006). Do recommended driving limits affect teen-reported traffic violations and crashes during the first 12 months of independent driving?. Traffic injury prevention, 7(3), 238-247.
- Simons-Morton, B. G., Hartos, J. L., Leaf, W. A., & Preusser, D. F. (2006). Increasing Parent Limits on Novice Young Drivers Cognitive Mediation of the Effect of Persuasive Messages. Journal of Adolescent Research, 21(1), 83-105.
- Simons-Morton, B. G., L Hartos, J., Leaf, W. A., & Preusser, D. F. (2006). The effect on teen driving outcomes of the Checkpoints Program in a state-wide trial. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 38(5), 907-912.
- Simons-Morton, B. G., Hartos, J. L., Leaf, W. A., & Preusser, D. F. (2006). The effects of the checkpoints program on parent-imposed driving limits and crash outcomes among Connecticut novice teen drivers at 6-months post-licensure. Journal of Safety Research, 37(1), 9-15.
- Zakrajsek, J.S., Shope, J.T., Ouimet, M.C., Wang, J., Simons-Morton, B.G. (2009). Efficacy of a brief group parent-teen intervention in driver education to reduce teenage driver injury risk: a pilot study. Journal of Family Community Health. 32(2). 175-88. doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e318199482c.
- Zakrajsek, J.S., Shope, J.T., Greenspan, A.L., Wang, J., Bingham, C.R., Simons-Morton, B.G. (2013). Effectiveness of a brief parent-directed teen driver safety intervention (checkpoints) delivered by driver education instructors. Journal of Adolescent Health. 53(1). 27-33. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2012.12.010. Epub 2013 Mar 6.