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Hurried Driver Dispositions: Their Relationship to Risky Traffic Behaviors

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Objective: To examine the relationship of driver dispositions with traffic safety behaviors and beliefs. Methods: A random digit-dial telephone survey was conducted of 796 licensed drivers. Results: Binary and multivariate logistic regression analyses compared hurried and nonhurried drivers and found that hurried drivers were more likely to admit to a variety of risky behaviors. They were also less likely to believe they would be ticketed for speeding and to report wearing their seat belt than were nonhurried drivers. Conclusions: More research is needed into identifying the underlying motivational factors of hurried drivers and what countermeasures will be most effective for them.


Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Professors, University of Maryland College Park, School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral and Community Health, College Park, MD;, Email: 2: Professors, University of Maryland College Park, School of Public Health, Department of Behavioral and Community Health, College Park, MD 3: Assistant Professor, Department of Community and Behavioral Health Promotion, Zilber School of Public Health, University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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