Evaluation of a Program to Reduce Motor-Vehicle Collisions Among Young Adults in the County of Landes, France

In France, a prevention campaign titled “Atout-Route” (Asset Road) was implemented in March 2002 to reduce the number of drivers under the age of 25 years involved in motor-vehicle collisions in the county of Landes in southwestern France. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effect of the “Atout-Route” program on the number of collisions involving young drives in Landes county. The researchers defined a target and three control groups similar in age or location by using data from the regional observatory of road safety. Poisson and quasi-Poisson regression was used to estimate whether the observed evolution of motor-vehicle collisions, after the program implementation, was different in the targeted group than in the three control groups. Results reveal that the number of motor-vehicle collisions decreased everywhere and in all age groups. The effect of the prevention program was not statistically significant. These results are compatible with a positive effect of the program. The possible dilution of its effect by national road safety actions implemented since 2000 and the early assessment are possible reasons for the non-significant observation. The researchers state that their results lack statistical power, thus necessitating an extension of evaluation efforts, perhaps including an evaluation of the effect on behaviors.

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  • Accession Number: 01013440
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 6 2005 4:52PM