Fatal crashes involving young unlicensed drivers in the U.S.
Hanna-CL; Taylor-DM; Sheppard-MA; Laflamme-L
J Saf Res 2006 Oct; 37(4):385-393
Introduction: Young unlicensed drivers' involvement in fatal crashes is a recurrent problem in the United States. Methods: This descriptive study extracted cross-sectional data on fatal crashes from the Fatality Analysis Reporting System from 1998 to 2002. Young unlicensed driver fatal crashes are examined by age, gender, and region. Results: There were 2,452 young unlicensed driver fatal crashes representing 10.8% of all young drivers' fatal crashes. By age, 72.5% are over 15 years, males are involved in 74.5%, and southern and western states have a higher percent of young unlicensed driver fatal crashes. Conclusions: Subgroups of young people based on their age, gender, and region are over-represented in fatal crashes as unlicensed drivers. Further studies are needed to investigate the context and factors of young unlicensed drivers, essential to tailor interventions. Impact on industry: Young unlicensed drivers circumvent the established licensing process and pose a serious threat to themselves and other road users.
Divers; Accidents; Accident-analysis; Accident-prevention; Injury-prevention; Injuries; Risk-factors; Risk-analysis; Children; Age-factors; Age-groups; Traumatic-injuries; Accident-rates; Accident-statistics
Michigan Public Health Institute, 2438 Woodlake Circle, Suite 240, Okemos, MI 48864
Journal of Safety Research
Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation