Student Drivers: A Study of Fatal Motor Vehicle Crashes Involving 16-Year-Old Drivers

Forty percent of all deaths among teenagers in the United States are due to motor vehicle crashes. This article reports on a study that compared novice (aged 16 years) and experienced (aged 25 to 49 years) drivers involved in fatal motor vehicle crashes with respect to crash characteristics and driver behaviors. The authors report on their cross-sectional study of fatal motor vehicle crashes in Colorado; the study used data from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System (1995 to 2001). The study included 2,420 fatal motor vehicle crashes: 158 fatalities (6.5%) were novice drivers. Novice drivers were more likely to have been speeding; driving recklessly; charged with a traffic violation; in a single vehicle, rollover, or run-off-the-road crash; and carrying two or more passengers. Safety belt nonuse was high for both novice (48%) and experienced (42%) drivers. Novice drivers were less likely to be involved in crashes caused by alcohol, or adverse weather, or to be driving a sport utility vehicle. The authors conclude that these data may prove useful in strengthening graduated licensing laws and in improving drivers’ education courses and public safety campaigns.

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  • Authors:
    • Gonzales, Michael M
    • Dickinson, L Miriam
    • DiGuiseppi, Carolyn
    • Lowenstein, Steven R
  • Publication Date: 2005-2


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 140-146
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  • Accession Number: 01003897
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 6 2005 1:39PM