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Train drivers' ratings of perceived risk associated with illegal behaviours at level-crossings

Davey, Jeremy D., Wallace, Angela M., Stenson, Nicholas J, & Freeman, James E. (2007) Train drivers' ratings of perceived risk associated with illegal behaviours at level-crossings. Journal of Occupational Health and Safety, Australia and New Zealand, 23(5), pp. 445-450.

Abstract

Problem. Accidents between motorists and trains at road/rail level crossings represent a significant portion of Australia’s rail toll. This study represents an attempt at articulating the understanding of the specific motorist behaviours that are most instrumental in contributing to such accidents. Method. Forty-seven (47) train drivers, including representatives from both regional and metropolitan settings, were provided a list of commonly observed illegal motorist behaviours, developed in consultation with an expert panel, and were asked to rate each of them on a Likert-scale from 1 to 5, from lowest risk to highest risk. Results. In general, the highest rated behaviours for risk reflected wilful violations by motorists, with negligent lapse-style behaviours rated close behind. Discussion. Differences between the ratings of the urban and regional sample are highlighted, and implications for the use of the findings toward improved level crossing safety are discussed.

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ID Code: 11657
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: level crossings, train drivers, motorist behaviour, risk
ISSN: 0185-6409
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Sensory Processes Perception and Performance (170112)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Rail Transportation and Freight Services (150702)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 CCH Australia Ltd
Copyright Statement: Reproduced with the permission of CCH Australia Limited. Originally published in the Journal of Occupational Health and Safety, 2007 23(5):pp. 445-450. For more information see www.cch.com.au
Deposited On: 10 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:36

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