Despite the decreasing numbers of severe accidents in all age groups, young people are still exposed to an especially high risk of being involved in an accident. Most frequently, serious accidents occur at weekends and during the night-time hours. According to the findings of Schulze,H (1998) injuries are mostly associated with going out to nightclubs, termed here nightclub accidents. Typical nightclub accidents are primarily caused by young men loosing control of their vehicle. This group shows a ready willingness to take risks and this increased risk is accompanied by little driving experience. Consumption of alcohol and drugs in conjunction with nightclub outings increases the risk of accident occurrence. Additionally, compared with drivers in other age groups, on average, young people drive old cars that are not up to current technical safety standards. A particular characteristic of accidents occurring during the night is high vehicle occupancy. This trait not only leads to high numbers of people being injured in the case of an accident, which includes underage passengers as well, but also increases the actual risk of being involved in an accident. Increasing the use of public transportation is one option to improve traffic safety. In 1999, the risk of being involved in a fatal accident while taking a trip using individual motorised transportation was found to be 26 times higher than that for taking the bus, per person-kilometre. For this reason, a nightclub bus program has been set up in a number of cities and communities. Against this backdrop, the interdisciplinary research team MoDiS is engaged with determining the requirement profile of young nightclub patrons. Of prime interest is how a new competitive service is to be conceived, one which will not be shunned by users and will amass operational advantages. In order to gain an insight into the wishes and demands of young people for an improved public transportation service, polls were undertaken at all levels of schools in the western Ruhrgebiet and the Lower Rhine area. Approximately 3000 students aged between l5 and 20 years were polled. Aside from the polling done at source (schools/residences), a second poll was undertaken at the target (nightclubs). This second survey was circulated in 20 nightclubs, allowing around 2000 further patrons to be polled. (A)

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    Hemming Group, Limited

    32 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London,   United Kingdom  SW1V 2SS
  • Authors:
    • RODE, S
  • Publication Date: 2003-6


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  • Accession Number: 00961431
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 13 2003 12:00AM