Risky driving habits and motor vehicle driver injury

Stephanie BLOWS, Shanthi AMERATUNGA, Rebecca Q. IVERS, Sing Kai LO, Robyn NORTON

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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. Copyright © 2005 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)619-624
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2005


Blows, S., Ameratunga, S., Ivers, R. Q., Lo, S. K., & Norton, R. (2005). Risky driving habits and motor vehicle driver injury. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 37(4), 619-624. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2005.03.003


  • Risky driving
  • Traffic conviction
  • Young driver
  • Motor vehicle injury


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