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Evaluation of a Road Safety Education Program Based on Driving Under Influence and Traffic Risks for Higher Secondary School Students in Belgium

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UHasselt—Hasselt University, Transportation Research Institute (IMOB), Agoralaan, 3590 Diepenbeek, Belgium
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Flemish Traffic foundation for Traffic Knowledge (VSV), Stationsstraat, 2800 Mechelen, Belgium
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Safety 2019, 5(2), 34; https://doi.org/10.3390/safety5020034
Received: 22 March 2019 / Revised: 1 May 2019 / Accepted: 17 May 2019 / Published: 27 May 2019
Road safety education has been recognized as an instrument for reducing road accidents. This study aims to evaluate the road safety education program “Traffic Weeks” among higher secondary school students (age 16–19) in Belgium. The program focuses on driving under influence (DUI) and traffic risks. This study investigates whether the program has an effect on socio-cognitive variables using a questionnaire based on the theory of planned behavior. During the pre-test, 445 students filled in the questionnaire, while 253 students filled in the questionnaire during the post-test. Of these, 175 questionnaires could be matched. The results indicate that the students already had quite a supportive view of road safety at pre-test, with female students showing a more supportive view of road safety than male students. The DUI workshop had a positive effect on most socio-cognitive variables (attitude, subjective norm-friends, and intention) of female students in general education, while the traffic risks workshop only affected perceived behavioral control of female students. In terms of appreciation, students had a significantly higher appreciation of the DUI workshop compared to the traffic risks workshop. During the focus groups, students gave recommendations to improve the program. View Full-Text
Keywords: traffic safety; driving under influence; traffic risks; education; pre-drivers; evaluation traffic safety; driving under influence; traffic risks; education; pre-drivers; evaluation
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Riaz, M.S.; Cuenen, A.; Dhondt, S.; Craps, H.; Janssens, D.; Wets, G.; Brijs, T.; Brijs, K. Evaluation of a Road Safety Education Program Based on Driving Under Influence and Traffic Risks for Higher Secondary School Students in Belgium. Safety 2019, 5, 34.

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