Project Description


Purpose: To create an evidence-based, web-based, immersive, interactive program for teens and young adults to prevent impaired driving

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Car crashes are the leading cause of death among adolescents and young adults. Impaired driving, including distracted, drugged, drowsy, and drunk driving, is a common cause of car crashes and an important public health and safety issue.

Drunk driving has decreased among teens, but is still commonly reported and a cause for concern. Drugged driving, especially, is a critical and growing problem, particularly with the availability and growing use of marijuana, and prevention materials are lacking. Drowsy driving can result from illness as well as drug use or lack of sleep, and drivers are often unaware of the serious consequences of drowsy driving and lack strategies to avoid this behavior.

The Plan My Ride program, an interactive online training and immersive skill-building virtual reality video experience, was developed to prevent impaired driving in high school and college age drivers. The program is informed by the Integrated Behavioral Model and focuses on changing attitudes including the perceived dangerousness and outcome expectancies of impaired driving, perceived social norms, and beliefs about personal agency to find alternatives to impaired driving, as well as the skills to identify and implement alternatives. Microlearning booster content were developed to reinforce the program content and help users develop safe driving habits. In addition, to promote effective implementation of the program, group leader implementation resources were also developed.  

The usability of the virtual reality video experience was tested and the impact of the Plan My Ride program was evaluated in an immediate post-test and three-month follow-up.


Rebecca Stelter (Co-PI)
Rebecca Stelter (Co-PI)
Allison Schmidt (Co-PI)
Allison Schmidt (Co-PI)
Janis Kupersmidt (Co-I)
Janis Kupersmidt (Co-I)



Stelter, R. L., Kupersmidt, J. B., & Rabiner, S. (2014, September). Drugged driving research and prevention. Paper presented at the 2014 National Prevention Network Annual Conference: Seattle, WA.


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