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UAB Investigates Association between Gasoline Prices and Teen Driving Habits

In answer to existing literature that shows negative relationships between gasoline price and motor vehicle crashes, particularly among teens, Dr. Bisakha Sen, professor in the department of health care organization and policy at the University of Alabama at Birmingham – collaborating with doctoral candidate Mr. Nitish Patidar and Dr. Sheikilya Thomas, in the department of health services administration – evaluated the relationship between gasoline prices and self-reported risky driving among teens. The observational study pooled data from the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, waves 2003–2009, and secondary data from a survey administered in private and public high schools across the United States to students in grades 9 through 12, surveyed biennially from 2003 to 2009.