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Research Project
Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver Risk Factors Study

Working with FMCSA, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, this study has two main objectives. The first objective is to identify, verify, quantify, and prioritize commercial driver risk factors. Primarily, these are personal factors such as demographic characteristics, medical conditions, personality traits, and performance capabilities. Risk factors may also include work environmental conditions, such as carrier operations type, and compensation method. The study will identify risk factors by linking the characteristics of individual drivers with their driving histories, especially the presence or absence of crashes.

The second objective is to pilot the methods and procedures used to collect the data to determine whether these methods will be suitable for scaling up to the full study, which is about 10 times as large as the pilot. Therefore, this study includes some variation in data collection methods to gauge the extent to which these methods affect the response rates for our instrument and for individual items.

For more information about this project, please email Brenda Lantz brenda.lantz@ndsu.edu.

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