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Young drivers at railway crossings: An exploration of risk-perception and target behaviours for intervention

Davey, Jeremy D., Wallace, Angela M., Stenson, Nicholas J., & Freeman, James E. (2008) Young drivers at railway crossings: An exploration of risk-perception and target behaviours for intervention. International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 15(2), pp. 57-64.

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Abstract

Introduction. Research into motorist understanding and behaviour at railway crossings is currently limited in Australia, despite 74 fatalities being recorded due to collisions between trains and motor vehicles from 1997 to 2002. The present study explored the knowledge, attitudes and self-reported behaviour of younger drivers aged 17-24 years, as an 'at risk' group. The objective of this study was to develop a formative understanding of the nature and underlying beliefs of younger drivers' behaviours at railway crossings, in order to inform specific crossing safety interventions for this group. Method. Fifty-three young drivers from metropolitan and regional settings participated in semi-structured focused group interviews. Results. Differences were detected between the groups, with regional participants displaying higher level of risk taking behaviours and lower risk perceptions. Discussion. The results are discussed with reference to actual risk as indicated by a panel of experts in the field. Implications for intervention design targeting attitudes and behaviours are discussed.

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ID Code: 14837
Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: The author-version of this article will be available 18 months after publication. For more information, please refer to the journal's website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
Keywords: railway, crossings, young drivers, risk perception
DOI: 10.1080/17457300801972221
ISSN: 1745-7300
Subjects: 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 > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Environmental and Occupational Health and Safety (111705)
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 2008 Taylor and Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion 15(2):pp. 57-64.]. [International Journal of Injury Control and Safety Promotion] is available online at informaworldTM with http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17457300801972221.
Deposited On: 12 Sep 2008
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:46

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