An examination of the factors contributing to unlicensed driving. Report to Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads

Watson, Barry, Armstrong, Kerry, Wilson, Adrian, Livingstone, Kerrie, & Barraclough, Peter (2012) An examination of the factors contributing to unlicensed driving. Report to Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads.

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Abstract

Unlicensed driving is a serious problem in many countries, despite ongoing improvements in traffic law enforcement practices and technology. Unlike alcohol impairment and speeding, unlicensed driving does not play a direct causative role in road crashes. However it represents a major problem for road safety in two respects. Firstly, it undermines the effectiveness of driver licensing systems by preventing the allocation of demerit points and reducing the impact of licence loss (Watson, 2004b). Secondly, there is a growing body of evidence linking unlicensed driving to a cluster of high-risk behaviours including drink driving, speeding, failure to wear seat belts and motorcycle use (Griffin & DeLaZerda, 2000; Harrison, 1997; Watson, 1997, 2004b). Consistent with this, utilising the quasi-induced exposure method, Watson (2004a) estimated that in Queensland, unlicensed drivers were almost three times more likely to be involved in a reported crash than licensed drivers.

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ID Code: 83538
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
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Deposited On: 15 Apr 2015 22:46
Last Modified: 30 Jun 2015 00:28

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