Canadian researchers have found that implementing swift and severe penalties has led to a drastic reduction in casualties among young male drivers in the country.
"What we found was a substantial reduction in the number of convictions for extreme speeding for males, and no change for females because they were pretty low any way. And importantly, we found a significant decrease in the number of motor vehicle casualties of males 16 to 24 -quite a significant reduction," said Vingilis.
Vingilis says the study's findings support deterrence theory to the effect that certain, swift and severe sanctions can deter risky driving behaviour.
For the 16 to 24 year old male drivers, 1.21% of licensed drivers had their licences suspended, along with .37 percent of mature males (aged 25-64). That contrasted with .21 percent for 16-24 year old female drivers and .07 percent for 25-64 year old women.