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Engaging the community : Limiting the road safety threats for novice drivers

Bates, Lyndel J. & Hansen, Robert (2004) Engaging the community : Limiting the road safety threats for novice drivers. In Third International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology, 5-9 September 2004, Nottingham, UK.

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Abstract

Drivers and motorbike riders under the age of 25 are overrepresented in crashes throughout the world. In Queensland, Australia, they accounted for 14 per cent of road fatalities and 20 per cent of hospitalisations in the five years 1998 to 2002, when they were only 7 per cent of the actual state population. During 2003, the Travelsafe Committee of the Queensland Parliament examined methods for reducing crashes among this vulnerable group. After examining research from around the world, the committee identified a number of potential interventions for novice drivers. These included control of late night driving, passenger carrying limitations, restricting the power of cars and motorbikes, limiting towing, and reducing the maximum speed limit for novice drivers and riders. Other measures considered by the committee included re-introducing P-plates to identify drivers and riders in the intermediate licensing stage, rewards for offence-free driving/riding, and testing novice drivers and riders before they can ‘exit’ to a full licence.

The committee identified at a very early stage in their work that the imposition of additional restrictions on young drivers and riders and the resultant impact on the mobility of young people would be a contentious issue. The committee placed great importance on public consultation processes for the inquiry to encourage informed debate and to involve groups and individuals with differing views in their inquiries.

The committee used a participatory research methodology to engage with the key stakeholders including pre-drivers, novice drivers, parent groups, government agencies and youth groups in order to test their reaction as well as seek their input. This consultative process provided information regarding their current road user behaviour and possible changes to this behaviour. From the information gathered during this consultation, the committee made recommendations to parliament to enhance the road safety benefits for novice drivers.

The involvement of, and consultation with, the community ensured that the inquiry outcomes were more relevant to the people of Queensland and not merely a transplantation of ideas from the licensing systems of other jurisdictions to the Queensland driver and rider licensing systems.

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ID Code: 9262
Item Type: Conference Paper
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the conference’s website (see link) or contact the author: lj.bates@student.qut.edu.au
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Keywords: graduated licensing, driver licensing, licensing restrictions, participatory research
Subjects: 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 2004 (please consult author)
Copyright Statement: The contents of this conference can be freely accessed online via the conference’s web page (see link).
Deposited On: 31 Aug 2007
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2011 12:49

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