Police-led, school-based driver education: a pre- and post-comparison of young driver self-reported behaviour and intentions including gender differences

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Anderson, Levi
Bates, Lyndel
Madon, Natasha S
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2021
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This study examined the effects of a police-led, school-based young driver education program on the future driving intentions of young, novice drivers. The participants were 294 final-year high school students from the Sunshine Coast region of Queensland (Australia). The study employed a pre- and post-survey design that measured self-reported driving behaviour, sensation seeking, and self-reported future driving intentions of young drivers. T-tests between pre- and post-responses identified statistically significant positive changes in young driver intentions after the program when compared to their previously self-reported behaviours. Further analysis of the changes between the pre- and post-surveys demonstrate that the LAW program has a greater effect on female participants and those with higher levels of sensation seeking. The findings of this study indicate that police-led, school-based driver education programs may be an effective way of altering the driving intentions of young novice drivers and in turn promoting greater road safety.

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Crime Prevention and Community Safety
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23
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2
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Criminology
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Police-led driver education
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Anderson, L; Bates, L; Madon, NS, Police-led, school-based driver education: a pre- and post-comparison of young driver self-reported behaviour and intentions including gender differences, Crime Prevention and Community Safety, 2021, 23 (2), pp. 174-189
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