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Reports, Forms and Record Keeping Requirements

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Reports, Forms and Record Keeping Requirements

Jeff Michael
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
September 5, 2013


[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 172 (Thursday, September 5, 2013)]
[Notices]
[Pages 54727-54729]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-21553]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

[U.S. DOT Docket No. NHTSA-2013-0087]


Reports, Forms, and Record Keeping Requirements

AGENCY: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DOT.

ACTION: Request for public comment on proposed collection of 
information.

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SUMMARY: Before a Federal agency can collect certain information from 
the public, it must receive approval from the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB). Under procedures established by the Paperwork Reduction 
Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq.), before seeking OMB approval, 
Federal agencies must solicit public comment on proposed collections of 
information, including extensions and reinstatements of previously 
approved collections.
    This document describes an Information Collection Request (ICR) for 
which NHTSA intends to seek OMB approval.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before November 4, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by DOT Docket ID Number 
NHTSA-2013-0087 using any of the following methods:
    Electronic submissions: Go to http://www.regulations.gov. Follow 
the online instructions for submitting comments.
    Mail: Docket Management Facility, M-30, U.S. Department of 
Transportation, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., West Building Ground Floor, 
Room W12-140, Washington, DC 20590.
    Hand Delivery: West Building Ground Floor, Room W12-140, 1200 New 
Jersey Avenue SE., Washington, DC, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday 
through Friday, except Federal holidays.
    Fax: 1-202-493-2251.
    Instructions: Each submission must include the Agency name and the 
Docket number for this Notice. Note that all comments received will be 
posted without change to http://www.regulations.gov including any 
personal information provided.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristie Johnson, Ph.D., Contracting 
Officer's Technical Representative, Office of Behavioral Safety 
Research (NTI-131), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 
1200 New Jersey Avenue SE., W46-498, Washington, DC 20590. Dr. 
Johnson's phone number is 202-366-2755 and her email address is 
kristie.johnson@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, 
before an agency submits a proposed collection of information to OMB 
for approval, it must publish a document in the Federal Register 
providing a 60-day comment period and otherwise consult with members of 
the public and affected agencies concerning each proposed collection of 
information. The OMB has promulgated regulations describing what must 
be included in such a document. Under OMB's regulations (at 5 CFR 
1320.8(d)), an agency must ask for public comment on the following:
    (i) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for 
the proper performance of the functions of the

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agency, including whether the information will have practical utility;
    (ii) The accuracy of the agency's estimate of the burden of the 
proposed collection of information, including the validity of the 
methodology and assumptions used;
    (iii) How to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the 
information to be collected; and
    (iv) How to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
those who are to respond, including the use of appropriate automated, 
electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic 
submission of responses.
    In compliance with these requirements, NHTSA asks public comment on 
the following proposed collection of information:
    Title--Evaluation of a New Child Pedestrian Curriculum.
    Type of Request--New information collection requirement.
    OMB Clearance Number--None.
    Form Number--NHTSA Forms 1215, 1216, and 1217.
    Requested Expiration Date of Approval--3 years from date of 
approval.
    Summary of the Collection of Information--Several elementary 
schools who are adopting the Child Pedestrian Curriculum will be 
recruited to help evaluate the curriculum. Assisting faculty and staff 
and participating students' parents/caregivers will be surveyed 
regarding the implementation of a new child pedestrian curriculum. 
Participating students in grades K-5 will be surveyed regarding their 
knowledge, behavior, and attitudes about the curriculum. Student 
assessments are included as part of the curriculum for each of the 
focused topic lessons and contain age appropriate question and response 
formats (pictures, easy to read). (The curriculum is available at 
www.nhtsa.gov/ChildPedestrianSafetyCurriculum.) The student assessments 
will be administered by the curriculum instructor. Depending on the 
school system, parental permission for the student to participate may 
not be necessary because the curriculum is being implemented by the 
school. If parental permission is required, appropriate informed 
consent will be obtained. Contact with prospective adult respondents 
will be conducted through flyers sent home in backpacks and the 
internet. Faculty/staff and parents/caregivers will be given the choice 
of completing the surveys online or via a paper version that can be 
filled out and sent back to school with students. Students would be 
surveyed at school before and after implementation of the curriculum to 
assess knowledge, behavior, and attitude changes. NHTSA would seek 
participation by up to four elementary schools. No personally 
identifiable information will be collected; all results will be 
reported in the aggregate.
    Description of the Need for the Information and Proposed Use of the 
Information--The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) 
was established by the Highway Safety Act of 1970 (23 U.S.C. 101) to 
carry out a Congressional mandate to reduce the mounting number of 
deaths, injuries, and economic losses resulting from motor vehicle 
crashes on the Nation's highways. As part of this statutory mandate, 
NHTSA is authorized to conduct research as a foundation for the 
development of motor vehicle standards and traffic safety programs.
    As part of its mission, NHTSA proposes to conduct an implementation 
and impact evaluation of its new child pedestrian curriculum. In 2010, 
nearly 20% of elementary school-aged children killed in motor vehicle 
crashes were pedestrians. To help reduce the number of child 
pedestrians killed or injured, NHTSA developed the new Child Pedestrian 
Safety Curriculum to teach and encourage safe pedestrian behaviors for 
students at the elementary school level (grades K-5). The overall goal 
of the curriculum is to aid elementary age school children in 
developing age appropriate traffic safety knowledge and practical 
pedestrian safety skills. NHTSA wants to implement strong and pertinent 
curricula. It is therefore particularly important for a child 
pedestrian safety curriculum to be demonstrably successful in reducing 
the likelihood of harm and/or injury for elementary-aged children.
    If approved, the proposed survey would assist NHTSA in evaluating 
the implementation and impact of the child pedestrian curriculum. The 
proposed implementation survey would determine the usability and 
usefulness of the curriculum materials, determine the most appropriate 
strategies to deliver the curriculum to produce an effect, ascertain 
any obstacles to implementing the curriculum, and assess instructional 
strategies and training. The results of the implementation survey would 
be used to help refine how the curriculum is implemented. The proposed 
impact survey would assess students' knowledge, self-reported 
behaviors, and attitudes regarding pedestrian safety and the course 
materials. The results of the impact evaluation would be used to assess 
the degree to which the Child Pedestrian Safety Curriculum translates 
to increasing pedestrian safety, and overall safe behaviors. Overall, 
the findings would be used to refine the curriculum, to describe the 
best practices for implementation, and to evaluate behavior changes.
    Description of the Likely Respondents (Including Estimated Number, 
and Proposed Frequency of Response to the Collection of Information)--
This proposed effort would involve students completing paper version 
surveys and faculty/staff and parents/caregivers completing surveys 
online or via paper versions. Students would be surveyed at school 
before and after implementation of the curriculum to assess knowledge, 
behavior, and attitude changes. NHTSA would seek participation by up to 
four elementary schools, one of which would function as a control 
school. Approximately 180 students would be trained at each school 
using the curriculum. In addition to the before and after surveys, 
students would be assessed after each of the five lessons for a total 
of 7 surveys--each lasting about 5 minutes. The adult surveys would be 
conducted with either electronic or paper survey versions. Parents/
caregivers would be made aware of the surveys via flyers sent home with 
their participating child. The parents/caregivers will be furnished 
with both paper versions of the surveys and internet links to take the 
surveys. If paper versions are used, they would be sent back to school 
with the participating child. Parents/caregivers would be surveyed 
before and after curriculum implementation with each survey lasting 
about 10 minutes. For faculty/staff assisting with curriculum 
implementation, the surveys would be distributed at school and the 
participants would have the option of completing a paper or electronic 
version of the survey. Faculty/staff would be surveyed before the 
implementation, after each of the five lessons, and at the conclusion 
of the effort--for a total of 7 surveys. Each survey would be 
approximately 15 minutes long. Five faculty/staff members from each of 
the three target schools would be surveyed. No personally identifiable 
information would be collected; all results would be reported in the 
aggregate.
    Estimate of the Total Annual Reporting and Record Keeping Burden 
Resulting from the Collection of Information--NHTSA estimates that 
students learning the curriculum would average 35 minutes completing 
assessments, for a total of 315 hours for the surveys/assessments (180 
students x

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3 schools x 7 assessments x 5 minutes). The parent surveys, with an 
average duration of 10 minutes, would produce a burden of 180 hours 
(180 parents x 3 schools x 2 surveys x 10 minutes). The faculty/staff 
surveys, with an average duration of 15 minutes, would produce a burden 
of 26.25 hours (5 faculty/staff members x 3 schools x 7 surveys x 15 
minutes). The maximum annual reporting burden for the child pedestrian 
curriculum evaluation would be 315 hours for student assessments, 180 
hours for parent surveys, and 26.25 hours for faculty/staff surveys for 
a grand total of 521.25 hours.
    Information collection would occur during a single school year. 
Therefore, the average annual burden would be the entire 521.25 hours. 
The respondents would not incur any reporting cost from the information 
collection. The respondents also would not incur any record keeping 
burden or record keeping cost from the information collection.

    Authority: 44 U.S.C. Section 3506(c)(2)(A).

    Issued on: August 30, 2013.
Jeff Michael,
Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development.
[FR Doc. 2013-21553 Filed 9-4-13; 8:45 am]
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