Risky driving habits and motor vehicle driver injury

Blows, Stephanie, Ameratunga, Shanthi, Ivers, Rebecca, Lo, Sing Kai and Norton, Robyn 2005, Risky driving habits and motor vehicle driver injury, Accient analysis & prevention, vol. 37, no. 4, pp. 619-624.

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Title Risky driving habits and motor vehicle driver injury
Author(s) Blows, Stephanie
Ameratunga, Shanthi
Ivers, Rebecca
Lo, Sing Kai
Norton, Robyn
Journal name Accient analysis & prevention
Volume number 37
Issue number 4
Start page 619
End page 624
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2005-07
ISSN 0001-4575
Keyword(s) risky driving
traffic conviction
young driver
motor vehicle injury
Summary Risky driving is an important cause of motor vehicle injury, but there is a lack of good epidemiological data in this field, particularly data comparing risky driving in younger drivers to those of other age groups. We examined the relationship between risky driving habits, prior traffic convictions and motor vehicle injury using cross-sectional data amongst 21,893 individuals in New Zealand, including 8029 who were aged 16–24 years. Those who reported frequently racing a motor vehicle for excitement or driving at 20 km/h or more over the speed limit, and those who had received traffic convictions over the past 12 months, were between two and four times more likely to have been injured while driving over the same time period. Driving unlicensed was a risk factor for older but not younger drivers, and driving at 20 km/h or more above the speed limits was a stronger risk factor for younger (<25 years) than older drivers. These results confirm the need for interventions targeting risky driving and suggest that different strategies may be required for different high-risk groups.
Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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