A Defensive Driving Course (DDC) comprising four two-hour lectures has been administered by the Queensland Road Safety council since 1969. An evaluation of DDC road accident records for the 12 month periods before and after course attendance indicates that the DW is not effective for reducing for 17-19 year olds or for females aged over 20 years. Significant accident reductions were found for male drivers aged 20-39 years who drive as part of their work but a benefit-cost analysis for this group concludes that the benefits of the accident reductions do not exceed the cost of the program.
Based on this analysis there is no economic justification for either the extension of such courses in Australia or for continuing the program in Queensland.
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Type: Research and Analysis Report
Sub Type: Consultant Report
Author(s): S Payne, A Hall & A Brownlea
Topics: Licensing training
Publication Date: 01/01/83