Attitudes to North Queensland road use: Do hospitalised drivers/ riders appear different by comparison to those not involved in crashes?

Blackman, Ross A., Veitch, Craig, O'Connor, Teresa, Hatfield, Frith, & Steinhardt, Dale A. (2007) Attitudes to North Queensland road use: Do hospitalised drivers/ riders appear different by comparison to those not involved in crashes? In 2007 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, 17-19 October 2007, Melbourne.

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In rural and remote Australia, per capita risk of death or injury from a vehicle crash is substantially higher than that for urban areas. Historically this has always been so, and a paucity of prior research in this area inspired the Rural and Remote Road Safety Study, goals of which include assessing and developing interventions to reduce the incidence and associated costs of crashes outside cities. With three years of rural and remote crash data collection completed, findings indicate driver behaviour contributes to most crashes, and is the sole cause in a large proportion of these. Over 380 patients admitted to a major North Queensland hospital for at least 24 hours following a vehicle crash consented to an interview in which a structured questionnaire was administered. This paper reports on responses to questions regarding seatbelt and helmet use, speeding, alcohol consumption and self-reported drink driving. We also analyse desired changes in enforcement of road laws, and perceived effectiveness of specific interventions. Seeking to further identify potential links between behaviour, attitude and crash involvement, the study compares responses of hospitalised patients with those of other road users in specific crash vicinities. Results suggest that rural road users hospitalised after a crash are more likely to binge-drink, drink drive and disregard road rules, and are less likely to wear seatbelts than those not involved in crashes. Development of more effective interventions targeting attitude and behaviour is essential if crashes and their impacts are to be significantly reduced in rural and remote Australia.

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ID Code: 8782
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference’s web page (see hypertext link). Ross Blackman, Craig Veitch, Teresa O'Connor & Frith Hatfield work at the Rural Health Research Unit at James Cook University.
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > HUMAN GEOGRAPHY (160400) > Urban and Regional Studies (excl. Planning) (160404)
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 > ECONOMICS (140000) > APPLIED ECONOMICS (140200) > Health Economics (140208)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
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 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 25 Feb 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:34

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