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55 Risk factors among young drivers in Finland
  1. Inkeri Parkkari
  1. Finnish Transport Safety Agency, Finland.

Abstract

Background It is commonly known that young drivers, especially male drivers, have a higher risk of being involved in an accident. In Finland, all fatal motor vehicle accidents are investigated in-depth by multi-professional Road Accident Investigation Teams. An investigation folder is compiled from each accident and the data is also coded into a fatal accident data base. Members of the investigation teams use standardised investigation forms, which ensures the systematic acquisition of data. Based on this data, the background factors of young male and female driver’s accidents differ from each other in several ways, e.g. accident type, time of year, time of week, driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, previous traffic offences and vehicle characteristics.

The aim of this workshop is to have discussion of the types of risk factors that contribute to road accidents among young people by giving examples of different case studies. The most effective interventions to reduce these casualties are also to be discussed.

  • young drivers
  • road accidents
  • background factors

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