Does urban violence influence the road user's behaviour related to traffic safety?

The urban violence and personal safety affect the Brazilian life habits. The high rates of violence are changing the behavior of individuals and the way of life, as the electrical fences in the walls, alarm system, personal guards, and bullet prove cars, etc. But in which way is this affecting the behavior on road safety? The aim of this article is to investigate the relation between urban violence and road safety behavior. If one is afraid of violence and concerns by his personal safety, how does he concerns about road safety? Parents buy alarm systems to cars but do not buy safety chairs or special devices to protect their children. In some countries children do not walk or bike to the school because of violence; parents are concerned about kidnap, sexual violence and drugs. But how are they concerned about the children as pedestrians, as cyclists? A vicious cycle is established: more violence, less people on street, how does it affect road safety? A pilot survey will include a group to test this inquiry with a questionnaire where the individuals are asked about their safety feeling in traffic (or fear in traffic) and compare with their fear of violence. For the covering abstract see ITRD E137120.

  • Authors:
    • BEZERRA, B S
    • FONTANA, A M
    • FERRAZ, A C
  • Publication Date: 2005


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  • Accession Number: 01095374
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Apr 25 2008 9:12AM