Driver Education Research & Innovation Center (DERIC)
The Driver Education Research and Innovation Center (DERIC) was formed in 2008 as a result of the Temporary Special Advisory Panel in Driver Education Availability and Curriculum Enhancement, which examined the quality and availability of driver education programs to students in New York and to make recommendations that would improve driver education and ensure that instruction is more available and developmentally appropriate. DERIC is a unique multiple agency collaboration between the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), the NYS Department of Health (DOH), the Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee (GTSC) and Health Research, Inc. (HRI). The main goal of DERIC is to develop a driver education program that includes a standardized driver education curriculum that increase safe driving behaviors and is sought after by parents, students and instructors.
This standardized curriculum is currently being developed via a modular approach using the Understanding by Design curriculum development process. A module on Distracted Driving/Driver Inattention has already been developed, and is in the process of being pilot tested. Modules focused on Occupant Protection, Unsafe Speed and Signs, Signals and Markings are currently being developed. Modules focused on Sharing the Road, Driving in Different Environments and Conditions, and Getting Familiar with Your Vehicle will be developed beginning in October 2014. Future modules will include: Impaired Driving; Drowsy Driving; The Effect of Emotions on Driving; Vehicle Control and Driving Maneuvers; Vision, Space and Risk Management; and Emergency Response and Recovery.
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, DERIC Project Manager, Bureau of Occupational Health and Injury Prevention, New York State Department of Health with their names, organization and contact information at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-473-1143. Thank you for considering participation in this important and potentially life-saving research and development initiative.