Risky driving or risky drivers? Exploring driving and crash histories of illegal street racing offenders

Leal, Nerida, Watson, Barry and Armstrong, Kerry (2010) Risky driving or risky drivers? Exploring driving and crash histories of illegal street racing offenders. Transportation Research Record, 2182 2182: 16-23. doi:10.3141/2182-03

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Author Leal, Nerida
Watson, Barry
Armstrong, Kerry
Title Risky driving or risky drivers? Exploring driving and crash histories of illegal street racing offenders
Journal name Transportation Research Record   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0361-1981
Publication date 2010-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3141/2182-03
Open Access Status File (Publisher version)
Volume 2182
Issue 2182
Start page 16
End page 23
Total pages 8
Place of publication Washington, DC, United States
Publisher United States. U.S. National Research Council, Transportation Research Board
Language eng
Abstract Illegal street racing has received increased attention in recent years from road safety professionals and the media as jurisdictions in Australia, Canada, and the United States have implemented laws to address the problem, which primarily involves young male drivers. Although some evidence suggests that the prevalence of illegal street racing is increasing, obtaining accurate estimates of the crash risk of this behavior is difficult because of limitations in official data sources. Although crash risk can be explored by examining the proportion of incidents of street racing that result in crashes, or the proportion of all crashes that involve street racing, this paper reports on the findings of a study that explored the riskiness of involved drivers. The driving histories of 183 male drivers with an illegal street racing conviction in Queensland, Australia, were compared with a random sample of 183 male Queensland drivers with the same age distribution. The offender group was found to have significantly more traffic infringements, license sanctions, and crashes than the comparison group. Drivers in the offender group were more likely than the comparison group to have committed infringements related to street racing, such as speeding, "hooning," and offenses related to vehicle defects or illegal modifications. Insufficient statistical capacity prevented full exploration of group differences in the type and nature of earlier crashes. It was concluded, however, that street racing offenders generally can be considered risky drivers who warrant attention and whose risky behavior cannot be explained by their youth alone.
Keyword Behavior
Street racing offenders
Young male drivers
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