It has long been recognized that young drivers are at higher risk of fatal crash than other drivers. Despite this recognition, it is not known why young drivers are at high relative risk, although speculation abounds; there is only limited empirical evidence about the factors that account for their greater risk. This paper explores two of these factors, exposure (amount of driving) and alcohol. While both of these have been well documented in the literature as contributing to fatal crash risk, in general, their specific contribution to the fatal collisions of young drivers has not been well established. The purpose of this paper is to derive some preliminary conclusions regarding why young drivers are at high relative risk, specifically by examining the relative contribution of exposure and alcohol consumption.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Paper presented at the 19th Annual Meeting of the Traffic Injury Research Foundation of Canada, Royal Bank Plaza, Toronto, May 27, 1982.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Traffic Injury Research Foundation (TIRF)

    Ottowa, Ontario  Canada 
  • Authors:
    • Mayhew, D R
  • Publication Date: 1982

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  • Accession Number: 00387729
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-036 392
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Aug 30 1984 12:00AM