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The impact of driver distraction on young drivers.
C 40419 (In: C 40388 [electronic version only] /83 / ITRD E215314
McEvoy, S.P. Stevenson, M.R. & Woodward, M.
In: [Proceedings of the] 2006 Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, Holiday Inn, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Australia, Wednesday 25th October - Friday 27 October 2006, 8 p.

Samenvatting Young drivers are over-represented in crash statistics. While the reasons are multifactorial, the role of driver distraction in crashes involving young drivers has been largely neglected. A representative driver survey of 1347 drivers aged 18 to 65 years was conducted in New South Wales and Western Australia. Data were weighted to reflect the corresponding driving population and were analysed to determine the effect of driver age group on the reported frequency and types of distracting activities while driving, drivers' perceptions about the danger conferred by these activities, and crashes resulting from driver distraction. Young drivers (18-30 years) were significantly more likely to report distracting activities during the most recent driving trip including mobile phone use, handling of in-vehicle equipment, outside distractions and lack of concentration. Young drivers rated most distracting activities as significantly less risky compared with older drivers. Young drivers were significantly more likely to report a crash resulting from a distraction during the last three years. This study shows that young drivers are more likely to engage in distracting activities while driving and are more likely to have crashed as a result. Education targeting young drivers, enforcement and engineering initiatives are needed to limit exposure and reduce injury. (Author/publisher) For the covering entry of this conference, please see ITRD abstract no. E215375.
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