|M.Sc Student||Yeshoula Vered|
|Subject||The Involvement of Young Drivers in Road Accidents:|
Characteristics and Causes
|Department||Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering||Supervisor||Professor David Mahalel|
|Full Thesis text - in Hebrew|
This research focuses on the involvement of young drivers in road accidents in Israel and comparing Jews and non-Jews. It relies on a study by Factor et al (2011) that examined the involvement of non-Jews in road accidents in Israel and developed a research model to explain accidents among minority groups.
The study is based on two types of data: the police road accidents database and a survey of 168 young drivers (67 non-Jews and 101 Jews). Statistical findings show that there are differences between Jews and non-Jewish drivers. The non-Jews are more involved in road accidents compared to their proportion in the population, their share among drivers and their exposure (mileage traveled).
In light of the statistical findings and the literature review and based on the results of the research by Factor et al (2011), I developed a theoretical model explaining the differences in road accidents involvement among the two groups of young drivers.
The research model suggests that demographic, social-economic variables, feelings of solidarity with the society, anger against the political establishment including the police can explain differences in road accidents involvement. These variables are related to violating the law committing driving offenses.
Analysis of the survey data was performed using linear regression; the analyses of the averages of samples indicate significant differences between the two populations concerning their attitude towards the state, display of anger and non-compliance with laws. The findings indicate significant differences among young Jews and non-Jews drivers.