CRITIQUE OF MAYHEW D.R. AND SIMPSON H.M., 1990, NEW TO THE ROAD YOUNG DRIVERS AND NOVICE DRIVERS: SIMILAR PROBLEMS AND SOLUTIONS
In their 1990 work, entitled "New to the Road Young Drivers...", Mayhew and Simpson assembled and synthesized the findings and conclusions of hundreds of conflicting research studies from around the world related to the problems of young driver overpresentation in car collisions. Their report concludes with a recommendation for graduated licensing as a palatable alternative strategy to the inevitable safety gains from raising the minimum driving age. The present paper examines whether those authors provide sufficient scientific evidence to justify their recommendation and notes examples of biased reporting and logical flaws in their argumentation. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of a deeper bias that potentially influences traffic safety studies.
University of MontrealCenter for Research on Transportation (CRT)/CIRRELT
P.O. Box 6128, Station Centre-ville
Montreal, Quebec Canada H3C 3J7
- Hirsch, P
- LABERGE-NADEAU, C
- Publication Date: 1995
- Pagination: 43 p.
- TRT Terms: Adolescents; Age; Crash analysis; Crash injury research; Crashes; Drivers; Research; Teenage drivers
- Uncontrolled Terms: Driver age
- Subject Areas: Highways; Research; Safety and Human Factors;
- Accession Number: 00726769
- Record Type: Publication
- Files: TRIS
- Created Date: Oct 21 1996 12:00AM