Driver Attitudes and Choices: Speed Limits, Seat Belt Use, and Drinking-and-Driving

This paper examines the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Motor Vehicle Occupant Safety Surveys dataset to examine drivers' seatbelt use, driving speed choices and drinking-and-driving tendencies, along with their attitudes towards speed limits and seat belt laws. Ordered probit, negative binomial, and linear regression models were used for the data analysis. The number and variety of results feasible with this single dataset are instructive and intriguing. For example, higher household incomes and educational attainment increase the predicted probabilities of seat belt use and support of seat belt laws, but higher income drivers tend to support higher speed limits and those with a college education appear to drink and drive more often. Younger persons tend to prefer higher speed limits and choose higher driving speeds on highways. Males in general are found to exhibit riskier behaviors and less favorable attitudes toward safety policies than females. These results represent just a few of the findings quantified in the model outputs presented in this paper.


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  • Accession Number: 01042341
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 26 2007 11:50PM