Comparison of Aggressive and DUI Crashes

This brief article presents the findings of a paper given at the Traffic Records Forum in Buffalo, NY in 2005. The authors describe a study undertaken to determine the characteristics of and outcomes associated with aggressive driving crashes compared to DUI (driving under the influence) and other crashes (non-DUI and non-aggressive). The authors used three Utah statewide databases: motor vehicle crash (MVC) records from 1992-2003; emergency department (ED) visits from 1996 - 2002; and hospital inpatient discharge records from 1996-2002. During the study period, there were 621,451 crashes, of which over 24,536 (4.0%) were DUI crashes compared to 24,113 (3.9%) aggressive crashes. The authors note that aggressive crashes have been increasing while DUI crashes initially decreased but have leveled off in recent years. The authors determined that aggressive drivers and DUI drivers are two different populations with different crash patterns. Aggressive drivers were younger, more likely to crash at rush hour periods, and report that they were wearing a seatbelt; aggressive driving crashes can have serious outcomes and the incidence of these crashes is on the rise. However, DUI crashes are a major cause of morbidity and mortality and should also remain a priority for both public health and traffic safety.

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    • Proceedings of the Traffic Records Forum, Buffalo, NY USA August 2, 2005
  • Authors:
    • Cook, Lawrence J
    • Knight, Stacey
    • Olson, Lenora M
  • Publication Date: 2005


  • English

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  • Accession Number: 01020037
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 15 2006 8:24AM