Driving frequency and its impact on road rage offending and victimization: A view from opportunity theory

Described as a key criminal justice and public health concern, road rage has been the focus of a great deal of research. Yet, while research attention to this issue has expanded dramatically, the identification of predisposing individual factors has garnered the majority of attention. Beginning to assess those factors that may modify the likelihood of road rage, including the broader structural opportunities that are connected with the propensity to be involved in a road rage incident, is equally important. This article examines whether there is a relationship between increased opportunities to be involved in road rage and an increased likelihood of being a road rage victim or offender, drawling on opportunity theory. The analysis is further extended to specifically test whether this relationship is linear, thereby examining the applicability of the opportunity saturation hypothesis. The authors' findings support both the application of opportunity theory to understanding road rage and the presence of opportunity saturation, using data from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) Monitor. Evidence emerged suggesting there may be a threshold whereby increased opportunities for road rage do not lead to road rage behavior, even though a clear relationship exists between kilometers driven and experiences of road rage.

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  • Accession Number: 01497067
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 23 2013 2:13PM