The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Canada Safety Council's Motorcycle Training Program (MTP) in reducing motorcycle accidents and traffic violations among its graduates. A sample of 811 MTP graduates and 1,080 IT motorcyclists were interviewed about their motorcycling during the past 4 years including riding experience, riding exposure, accidents and violations. Univariate analyses indicated that a smaller proportion of MTP graduates had had an accident compared to IT motorcyclists. Also MTP graduates were less likely to have had a reportable accident where someone was injured or property damage exceeded $200.00. Moreover, MTP graduates were less likely to have committed a traffic violation compared to IT motorcyclists. However, MTP graduates compared to IT motorcyclists were older, had travelled less and were more likely to be female, all characteristics associated with low accident and violation involvement. In order to control these differences, a discriminant analysis was performed on the accident and violation data. Distance travelled, age and sex significantly discriminated between the accident and no accident groups such that the likelihood of having an accident was greater for motorcyclists who were younger, male and had travelled further. It was concluded that although the MTP does not appear to have reduced motorcycle accidents among its graduates, it does appear to have reduced traffic violations. Since there was no random assignment to training conditions, these conclusions are not unequivocal. Therefore, future research should be conducted using random assignment to evaluate the MTP as well as other programs for motorcyclists. (IT refers to informally trained motorcyclists.)

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Conference held in Washington, D.C., 18-23 May 1980. Also published in HS-029 660, International Motorcycle Safety Conference Proceedings. Volume 1, p 59-93.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Motorcycle Safety Foundation

    780 Elkridge Landing Road
    Linthicum, MD  United States  21090
  • Authors:
    • Jonah, B A
    • Dawson, N E
    • Bragg, B W
  • Publication Date: 1980-5

Media Info

  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 35 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00323131
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-029 663
  • Files: HSL, TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 15 1984 12:00AM