Do novice drivers comply with road rules?
What is it about?
While offence data can be gained from Police, many offences remain undetected, therefore this research investigated self-reported compliance with both road rules and graduated driver licensing rules in Queensland, Australia.
Why is it important?
A small proportion of learners reported engaging in a number of general road rule violations such as completing illegal U-turns, not indicating when changing lanes, not wearing their seat belts, and carrying more passengers than they could fit in their car. For each of these measures, a considerably greater proportion of these young drivers reported engaging in these behaviours as P platers. A relatively large proportion of young learner drivers reported driving over the speed limit when they were unlikely to be detected, particularly up to 10km/h over the speed limit, and speeding when overtaking. Again, a considerably larger portion of these learners reported in engaging in the same behaviours, and to a larger extent, when they were P platers.
The following have contributed to this page: Dr Bridie Scott-Parker