Young driver restrictions : does the evidence support them?

Blackman, Ross A., Cheffins, Tracy, & Veitch, Craig (2008) Young driver restrictions : does the evidence support them? Australian Journal Of Rural Health, 16(6), pp. 332-337.

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Objective: To assess the suitability of Queensland's graduated licensing system in the context of rural and remote Queensland.--

Design: Age-based comparison of crash data collected by the Rural and Remote Road Safety Study (RRRSS).--

Setting: Rural and remote North Queensland.--

Participants: A total of 367 vehicle controllers aged 16 years or over hospitalised at Townsville, Cairns or Mount Isa for at least 24 hours, or killed, as a result of a vehicle crash.--

Measurements: Specific RRRSS variables are assessed in relation to Queensland's graduated licensing program, including rates of unlicensed driving/riding, late night crashes, crashes with multiple passengers, contributing factors in crashes and vehicle types involved.--

Results: While people between 16 and 24 years of age comprise 16% of the target population, 25% of crashes meeting RRRSS criteria involved a vehicle controller in that age group. 12.8% of all cases involved an unlicensed driver/rider, within which 66% were below 25 years of age. Young drivers/riders were represented in 50% of crashes occurring between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., and 33% of crashes in vehicles with multiple passengers. Motorcyclists represented about 40% of cases in both age groups. There were no significant differences between age groups in vehicle types used, or circumstances that contributed to crashes.--

Conclusions: The general overrepresentation of young drivers/riders in rural and remote North Queensland supports tailored interventions, such as graduated licensing. However, while some measures in the legislation are well supported, problems surrounding unlicensed driving/riding might be exacerbated.

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ID Code: 18504
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Road Safety, Graduated Licensing, Rural, Remote, Young Drivers
DOI: 10.1111/j.1440-1584.2008.01012.x
ISSN: 1440-1584
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified (111799)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
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
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 Blackwell Publishing and the authors
Deposited On: 06 Mar 2009 03:31
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:48

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