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ATRI: Citations for Reckless driving, Right of Way Predict Future Crash Risk

Truck drivers who are cited with violations for reckless driving or failure to yield the right of way are the most likely to be involved in a crash, according to a report issued by the American Transportation Research Institute.

 ATRI, of which the Canadian Trucking Alliance is a member, is the research arm of the American Trucking Associations.

In the first update to its Crash Predictor Model since 2011, ATRI says it analyzed data from over 435,000 drivers over a two-year period to determine factors that can raise crash risk by 50 percent. This is ATRI’s third Crash Predictor Model report; the first was issued in 2005.

The two aforementioned citations raise crash risk by 100 percent, ATRI says. Involvement in a prior crash is also a strong indicator of future crash risk, the research group notes, boosting crash risk by 74 percent.

Across its three reports, ATRI says “statistically significant predictors” of crash risk include lane-keeping violations and citations for negligent or inattentive driving.

This was the first of ATRI’s Crash Predictor reports to include age and gender analysis. Age did not have a “significant relationship” to crash risk, the report says, though drivers younger than 40 and older than 85 were “most frequently associated with elevated risk for specific crashes, violations or convictions.”

Gender, however, did show a crash risk correlation. Female drivers were 20 percent less likely to be involved in a crash than their male counterparts. However, only 2.45 percent of the drivers studied in the research (10,741) were women. The remaining 428,484 were men.

To see the full report, visit atri-online.org.

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