International Drivers and Road Safety in Queensland, Australia

Wilks, Jeffrey, Watson, Barry C., & Hansen, Julie A. (2000) International Drivers and Road Safety in Queensland, Australia. The Journal of Tourism Studies, 11(2), pp. 36-43.


Motor vehicle crashes consistently emerge from the travel medicine literature as the most common cause of injury death for tourists. Yet, worldwide there has been very little empirical research into the factors contributing to such crashes. Prior to the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Australian tourism and transport authorities began to focus on international visitor safety, and to seek ways of preventing road crashes involving tourists. As part of this program, the present study examined all reported crashes involving international drivers that occurred in the State of Queensland between 1993 and 1998. Results support a growing body of evidence suggesting that overseas driver crashes in Australia are less likely to involve high risk drving behaviours such as alcohol or speeding. Rather, they appear to be the product of unfamiliarity with local driving conditions. In particular, international drivers were over-represented in crashes where disorientation may have been a factor, including 'failure to keep left' and 'head-on' crashes. This was most pronounced among drivers from countries where they drive on the right side of the road. The implications of these findings for prevention initiatives are discussed.

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ID Code: 9224
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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ISSN: 1035-4662
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TOURISM (150600) > Tourist Behaviour and Visitor Experience (150606)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Preventive Medicine (111716)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 JCU, School of Business, Tourism Program
Copyright Statement: The contents of this journal can be freely accessed online via the journal’s web page (see link).
Deposited On: 30 Aug 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2011 18:20

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