The project “Evaluating the effect of real time feedback (real time alert beep and SMS on a daily basis), gain reward and lose reward for controlling speed in commercial drivers in order to reduce traffic injuries in Iran; a field randomized trial” which is a collaboration between NCDRC and University of Chicago, was approved in National Institute For Medical Research Development (NIMAD).
The researchers in this project will conduct a 24-month long, four-arm, randomized filed trial of the effects of warnings and gains/losses of rewards for reducing speeding among 400 commercial drivers. All drivers in the telematics network will be eligible for recruitment after consent. Drivers will be randomly assigned to study arms.
CONTROL: Drivers will be unobtrusively monitored using telematics devices.
A: Drivers will receive real-time alerts and daily text messages.
B: Drivers will receive real-time alerts, daily text messages, and rewards that would increase to a maximum of 100000 toman per month based on their daily performance.
C: Drivers will receive real-time alerts, daily text messages, and will be offered 100000 toman at the beginning of each month if they maintain a perfect driving record but will see the rewards diminish with poor performance.
The main goals of this project are as follows:
- Assess how real time feedback (real time alert beep and SMS on a daily basis), gain reward and lose reward for controlling speed at city level affect speeding in Iran
- Assess how to combine telematics and speed cameras for reducing speeds
- Develop a traffic simulation model to study road safety
- Develop research capacity for a national research program on using telematics to reduce traffic injuries