The interrelationship among motorcycle licensure, ownership, and injury crash involvement were investigated in a sample of 2,723 motorcycle drivers severely or fatally injured in California in 1985-86. Owners of motorcycles in such crashes ("driver-owners") were less likely to have valid licenses than a random sample of motorcycle owners who had not been in crashes (42 vs. 57 percent). Thirty-three percent of the crash-involved drivers had valid motorcycle driver's licenses; 39 percent were operating motorcycles they did not own ("driver-nonowners"). Driver-nonowners were less likely to be validly licensed than driver-owners (20 percent vs. 44 percent). The licensing rate of crash-involved driver-nonowners was 15 percent if the owner was also unlisenced. Rates of valid licensure were lowest among the youngest drivers. Virtually no crash-involved driver-nonowners under age 21 were licensed in cases in which the owner was also young and unlicensed.

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    American Public Health Association

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  • Authors:
    • Kraus, J F
    • Anderson, C
    • Zador, P
    • Williams, A
    • Weichang, L
    • SALATKA, M
  • Publication Date: 1991-2

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  • Accession Number: 00605435
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1991 12:00AM