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Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Request for Comment

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Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Request for Comment

Jeff Michael
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
March 24, 2014


[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 56 (Monday, March 24, 2014)]
[Notices]
[Pages 16097-16098]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-06335]


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DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Information Collection Activities: Submission for the Office of 
Management and Budget (OMB) Review; Request for Comment

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

ACTION: Notice of the OMB review of information collection and 
solicitation of public comment.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 
U.S.C. chapter 35), this notice announces that the Information 
Collection Request (ICR) abstracted below will be submitted to the 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review. The ICR describes the 
nature of the information collection and its expected burden. A Federal 
Register Notice with a 60-day comment period soliciting public comments 
on the following information collection was published on June 6, 2013 
(Federal Register/Vol. 78, No. 109/pp. 34154-34156).

DATES: Submit comments to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on 
or before April 23, 2014.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alan Block at the National Highway 
Traffic Safety Administration, Office of Behavioral Safety Research 
(NTI-131), W46-499, Department of Transportation, 1200 New Jersey 
Avenue SE., Washington, DC 20590. Mr. Block's phone number is 202-366-
6401 and his email address is alan.block@dot.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    OMB Control Number: None.
    Type of Request: New information collection requirement.
    Title: Implementation of a Youth Traffic Safety Survey.
    Form No.: NHTSA Form 1199.
    Type of Review: Regular.
    Respondents: NHTSA proposes to conduct a survey of young drivers 
ages 16 through 20 concerning traffic safety issues affecting young 
people in that age range. The survey would use Web as the primary 
response mode and mail as a second response mode. Prior to the survey, 
there will be usability tests of the Web and paper versions of the 
questionnaires to identify any problems in the interface between survey 
and respondent. The usability tests will be conducted with a 
convenience sample of young drivers having varying demographic 
characteristics. There also will be a pilot test of the survey. The 
pilot test will be conducted with a sample of young drivers ages 16 
through 20 drawn from the driver license database of one State that has 
agreed to participate in the survey. Full administration of the survey 
will be conducted with samples of young drivers ages 16 through 20 
drawn from the driver license databases of eight States that have 
agreed to participate in the survey.

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    Estimated Number of Respondents: There will be 27 respondents 
participating in the usability tests. The pilot test will use a total 
drawn sample of 6,300. The response rate it will achieve is unknown, 
but for purposes of burden estimation this project will assume a 
response rate upper limit of 50%. The estimated total number of 
respondents is therefore 3,150. For the full administration of the 
survey, there will be two versions of the questionnaire in order to 
limit the burden to respondents. Sufficient sample will be drawn to 
obtain 8,000 completed interviews for each of the eight participating 
States (4,000 per questionnaire). The estimated total number of 
respondents is therefore 64,000.
    Estimated Time Per Response: Average duration per respondent for 
the usability tests will be two hours. Average duration per respondent 
for both the pilot test and the full administration of the survey will 
be 15 minutes.
    Total Estimated Annual Burden Hours: The total estimated annual 
burden for the usability tests is 27 subjects x 2 hours = 54 hours. The 
total estimated annual burden for the pilot test is 6,300 sample x 50% 
response rate x 15 minutes = 787.5 hours. The total estimated annual 
burden for the full administration of the survey is 8 States x 8,000 
respondents x 15 minutes = 16,000 hours. The total estimated annual 
burden for all three information collections combined is 16,841.5 
hours.
    Frequency of Collection: Respondents will participate a single time 
in the usability tests, pilot test, or survey. They will not 
participate in more than one of these forms of information collection. 
The usability tests, pilot test, and survey will be conducted a single 
time.
    Abstract: Young drivers 16- to 20-years old are especially 
vulnerable to death and injury on our roadways, with traffic crashes 
being the leading cause of death for teenagers in America. It is 
essential that NHTSA be proactive in addressing young driver traffic 
safety. As a data-driven organization, this means collecting and 
analyzing quality data to identify the nature of young driver traffic 
safety problems, to guide development of intervention approaches, and 
to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions. To that end, NHTSA 
proposes to conduct a survey of young drivers ages 16 through 20 
concerning traffic safety issues affecting young people in that age 
range. The sample would be drawn from driver license databases of 
States that choose to participate in the survey. NHTSA would seek 
participation by eight States, two per Census Region. Contact with 
prospective respondents would be through the mail. Young drivers would 
be asked to go to a designated Web site to take the survey. Follow up 
mailings would include as a second response option a paper version of 
the questionnaire that respondents could fill out and mail back. NHTSA 
will administer two different versions of the questionnaire, with each 
respondent in the participating States receiving one of the two 
versions. The questionnaires would cover topics such as general driving 
behavior, driver education and graduated driver licensing, parental 
oversight of driving, distraction and driving, drinking and driving, 
substance use and driving, drowsy driving, seat belt use, speeding and 
racing, crash experience, and traffic violations.
    The survey will first undergo developmental work prior to full 
survey administration. This will include usability tests of the Web and 
paper questionnaires to identify any problems in the interface between 
survey and respondent. It will also include a pilot test in a single 
State. The pilot test will have methodological experiments built in to 
determine how different conditions will affect response rates. For 
example, different configurations of monetary incentives offered for 
survey participation will be tested to assess which produces the 
highest response rate.

ADDRESSES: Send comments regarding the burden estimate, including 
suggestions for reducing the burden, to the Office of Information and 
Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget, 725 17th Street 
NW., Washington, DC 20503, Attention: Desk Officer for Department of 
Transportation, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, or by 
email at oira_submission@omb.eop.gov, or fax: 202-395-5806.
    Comments Are Invited On: Whether the proposed collection of 
information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of 
the Department of Transportation, including whether the information 
will have practical utility; the accuracy of the Department's estimate 
of the burden of the proposed information collection; ways to enhance 
the quality, utility and clarity of the information to be collected; 
and ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on 
respondents, including the use of automated collection techniques or 
other forms of information technology. A comment to OMB is most 
effective if OMB receives it within 30 days of publication of this 
notice.

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

    Issued in Washington, DC on March 19, 2014.
Jeff Michael,
Associate Administrator, Research and Program Development.
[FR Doc. 2014-06335 Filed 3-21-14; 8:45 am]
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