Departing from Risky Drivers? A Sociological Analysis of Passengers’ Risk Factors

In Chile, for the 2001-2012 period, 23.0% of the traffic fatalities and 42.4% of the injuries corresponds to passengers. There are however some groups of passengers who can be under riskier conditions since they are more likely to travel with risky drivers. In order to understand this problem, a sociological analysis was carried out to explain which types of social factors fail to protect passengers from three different risky driving behaviors: drunk driving, speeding and lack of seatbelt wearing. Under a sociological perspective three theories can provide explanations to this question: masculinity, social capital, and social status. These theories suggest that men, individuals with less social ties, and individuals with less economic resources are less likely to reject road risky behaviors. In terms of prevention, two elements can be highlighted from these results: i) since socioeconomic status is a strong predictor, passengers should have easier access to public transportation as means of avoiding structural risk behaviors associated with lack of resources in order to travel safely; and ii) public campaigns, as means of helping to internalize preventive road behaviors, should address issues of social identity in passengers. Messages should be targeted to potential passengers who are men or lack social capital, since these types of individuals are more likely to tolerate drunk-driving, speeding, and not wearing seatbelts.


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  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 357–360
  • Monograph Title: Annals of Advances in Automotive Medicine. 57th Annual Scientific Conference, Québec City, Canada, September 23-25, 2013
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  • Accession Number: 01528322
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 4 2014 2:25PM