Driver Education Research & Innovation Center (DERIC)
In New York State, Chapter 246 of the Laws of 2008 created a Temporary Special Advisory Panel on Driver Education Availability and Curriculum Enhancement (Panel) to examine the quality and availability of driver education programs to students in New York. The Legislature instructed the Panel to assess and recommend to the Governor and the Legislature strategies to improve driver education, with a focus on hazard recognition instruction through the use of new educational technologies, and to make driver education instruction in New York more available and of a higher quality. A final report was delivered to the Governor and Legislature on December 31, 2008. To implement some of the critical recommendations included in that comprehensive report, a collaboration of stakeholders is being formed to:
- Develop a reproducible methodology that can evaluate the efficacy of Driver Education in the first instance;
- Develop a cutting edge driver education curriculum based on the best available highway safety and educational research; and
- Test and validate both.
The collaboration is being referred to as the Driver Education Research and Innovation Center or DERIC. DERIC will be managed by Health Research Inc. (HRI). HRI is a not-for profit corporation organized under the New York State not-for-profit Corporation Law. The New York State Education Department, the New York State Department of Health, and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles will be cooperating with HRI in this exciting new endeavor, and we are herewith extending to you and your organization an invitation to join with us as well to educate and to promote the safety of our younger drivers in New York.
If you are interested in becoming involved in DERIC, or if you know of potential members (corporate or individual) that you believe would have an interest in becoming involved in DERIC, please contact Betsy Rees at HRI with their names, organization and contact information at 1-877-71-DERIC. Thank you for considering participation in this important and potentially life-saving research and development initiative.