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J Safety Res. 2007;38(2):237-44. Epub 2007 Mar 28.

Recent developments in young driver education, training and licensing in Australia.

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Center for Injury Research and Prevention (formerly TraumaLink), The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, 34th St. and Civic Center Blvd., 3535 Market Street, Suite 1024, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA. senserrick@email.chop.edu

Abstract

Australian young driver education and training approaches have differed from the mandatory school-based programs found internationally; generally comprising voluntary programs conducted outside of licensing. This paper reports on recent developments pertaining to the pre-learner, learner, and provisional license stages. Given its important context, state-based graduated driver licensing systems are also reviewed. There has been a shift toward starting driver education younger (pre-learner), greater involvement of parents, and more school-based programs; many now conducted by licensing authorities. The majority of initiatives are yet to be evaluated, particularly relative to crash outcomes; however, some studies suggest other positive outcomes, including increased supervised practice and delayed licensure. Furthermore, the federal government is proceeding with plans for a national license-based program. Several jurisdictions have also announced the introduction of passenger and nighttime restrictions on provisional licenses. Together these initiatives offer promise of reductions in young driver-related fatalities and injuries in the very near future.

PMID:
17478194
DOI:
10.1016/j.jsr.2007.03.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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