Young Driver Restrictions: Does the Evidence Support Them?

This article reports on a study undertaken to assess the suitability of Queensland, Australia's graduated driver licensing system in the context of rural and remote Queensland. The age-based comparison of crash data included a total of 367 drivers aged 16 years or over hospitalized at Townsville, Cairns or Mount Isa for at least 24 hours, or killed, as a result of a vehicle crash. The study investigated rates of unlicensed driving/riding, late night crashes, crashes with multiple passengers, contributing factors in crashes and vehicle types involved. The data showed that while people between 16 and 24 years of age comprise 16% of the target population, this population was responsible for 25% of the crashes meeting the study criteria. In addition, 12.8% of all cases involved an unlicensed driver/rider; within that subgroup, 66% were below 25 years of age. Young drivers/riders were represented in 50% of the crashes occurring between 11:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m., and 33% of crashes in vehicles with multiple passengers. Motorcyclists represented about 40% of cases in both age groups. The authors conclude that this general overrepresentation of young drivers/riders in rural and remote North Queensland crashes supports the use of tailored interventions, such as graduated driver's licensing. They also discuss whether graduated driver's licensing might increase problems surrounding unlicensed driving/riding.

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  • Authors:
    • Blackman, Ross A
    • Cheffins, Tracy
    • Veitch, Craig
  • Publication Date: 2008-12


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Pagination: pp 332-337
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  • Accession Number: 01150396
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 9 2010 11:19AM