Is it Time to Apply a Harm Reduction Approach to Young Driver Education?

When it comes to youth education on risky behaviors like drug use, many programs place an emphasis on abstinence but still address harm reduction approaches and safer ways to engage in such behaviors if necessary. However, youth education on road safety is still composed of mostly abstinence teachings; in this article, Theresa Senserrick, Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios, and PISC Executive Committee member Catherine C. McDonald, PhD, RN, discuss how there is a need to incorporate harm reduction approaches in young driver education. Although the authors acknowledge that doing so could introduce new risks to young adults, they assert that further investigation into the impact of road safety education on road trauma is integral to informing future policies.

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