Results from Australia’s largest study of young drivers have shown that they are at significant risk of crash on rural roads. According to researchers from The George Institute, young drivers living in rural areas are more likely to be involved in serious crashes than those in urban areas.
Professor Rebecca Ivers is Director of the Injury Division at The George Institute and Professor at the University of Sydney. She directs a research program which is centred on injury prevention, with a strong focus on prevention of road traffic injury.
Australia’s largest study of young drivers has shown that risky driving habits are putting young drivers at a significantly increased risk of crashing, irrespective of their perceptions about road safety.
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Dr Alexandra Martiniuk is an Associate Professor (Epidemiology) in the Faculties of Medicine and Nursing at the University of Toronto and Scientist at the Sunnybrook Health Sciences Research Institute in Canada.
Jake Byrne is a project officer working across the Injury Division’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health projects.