Model Driver Screening and Evaluation Program
Volume I: Project Summary and Model Program Recommendations


Technical Report Documentation Page

1. Report No.
 DOT HS 809 582
2. Government Accession No.
3. Recipient's Catalog No.
4. Title and Subtitle

Model Driver Screening and Evaluation Program
Final Technical Report
Volume I: Project Summary and Model Program Recommendations

5. Report Date
May 2003
6. Performing Organization Code
7. Author(s)

Loren Staplin, Kathy H. Lococo, Kenneth W. Gish, and Lawrence E. Decina 
*All listed authors are presently employees of TransAnalytics

8. Performing Organization Report No.


9. Performing Organization Name and Address

The Scientex Corporation
4817 B Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22304

TransAnalytics, LLC 
1722 Sumneytown Pike, Box 328, Kulpsville, PA 19443

10. Work Unit No. (TRAIS)
11. Contract or Grant No.


12. Sponsoring Agency Name and Address

Office of Research and Traffic Records
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 
400 Seventh Street, S.W., Room 6240
Washington, DC 20590

13. Type of Report and Period Covered
Final Technical Report
October 1996 - March 2003
14. Sponsoring Agency Code


15. Supplementary Notes
COTR: Ms. Esther Wagner, NTS-30 and Dr. John Eberhard, NTS-31
16. Abstract

This research project studied the feasibility as well as the scientific validity and utility of performing functional capacity screening with older drivers. A Model Program was described encompassing procedures to detect functionally impaired drivers who pose an elevated risk to themselves and others; to support remediation of functional limitations if possible; to provide mobility counseling to inform and connect individuals with local alternative transportation options; and to educate the public and professionals about the link between functional decline and driving safety-all within a larger context of helping to preserve and extend the mobility of older persons. Early in this project, a questionnaire was developed and distributed to Driver License Administrators in the U.S. and Canada to broadly determine cost and time parameters, while identifying legal, ethical, or policy implications that could influence implementation of Model Program activities. Subsequently, a battery of functional tests was developed and pilot tested in Motor Vehicle Administration sites, and in the community. A database of scores on functional ability measures, driving habits information, and crash and violation history was created for over 2,500 drivers in three samples drawn from license renewal, medical referral, and residential community populations. Cost estimates for functional capacity screening and related Model Program activities were developed for research and production settings. A 477-page Safe Mobility for Older People Notebook (DOT HS 808 853) was developed to support program initiatives promoting the safe mobility of older persons across all States and Provinces, including an Annotated Research Compendium of Driver Assessment Techniques for Age-Related Functional Impairments. A set of guidelines for motor vehicle administrators was also produced to update the 1992 publication by NHTSA and AAMVA of the same title.

17. Key Words

Driver, Safety, Mobility, Age, Functional Impairment, Functional Testing, Road Test, Licensing, Screening, Vision, Attention, Perception, Physical Ability, Dementia, Epidemiology, Remediation, Education, Training, Counseling, Alternative Transportation, Mobility Options

18. Distribution Statement

No restrictions. This document is available to the public through the National Technical Information Service, Springfield, VA 22161.

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21. No. of Pages


22. Price
Form DOT F 1700.7 (8-72) Reproduction of completed page authorized