Young drivers' perceptions of culpability of sleep-deprived versus drinking drivers

Lela Williams, David R. Davies, Kris Thiele, Judith R. Davidson, Alistair W. MacLean

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Abstract

Introduction: Sleep-deprived driving can be as dangerous as alcohol-impaired driving, however, little is known about attitudes toward sleep-deprived drivers. This study examined the extent to which young drivers regard sleep-deprived compared to drinking drivers as culpable for a crash, and how their perceptions of driving while in these conditions differ. Method: University student participants (N = 295; M = 20.4 years, SD = 1.3; 81% women) were randomly assigned to read one of five fatal motor-vehicle crash scenarios, which differed by aspects of the driver's condition. Culpability ratings for the drinking driver were higher than those for the sleep-deprived driver. Results: Qualitative findings revealed that driving while sleep-deprived was viewed as understandable, and driving after drinking was viewed as definitely wrong. The dangers of sleep-deprived driving remain under-recognized.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)115-122
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Safety Research
Volume43
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012

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  • attitudes
  • crash
  • drowsy driving
  • fatigue
  • sleepiness

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Young drivers' perceptions of culpability of sleep-deprived versus drinking drivers. / Williams, Lela; Davies, David R.; Thiele, Kris; Davidson, Judith R.; MacLean, Alistair W.

In: Journal of Safety Research, Vol. 43, No. 2, 04.2012, p. 115-122.

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Williams, Lela ; Davies, David R. ; Thiele, Kris ; Davidson, Judith R. ; MacLean, Alistair W. / Young drivers' perceptions of culpability of sleep-deprived versus drinking drivers. In: Journal of Safety Research. 2012 ; Vol. 43, No. 2. pp. 115-122.
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