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Brazilian Journal of Psychiatry

versão impressa ISSN 1516-4446versão On-line ISSN 1809-452X


ULINSKI, Sandra L.; MOYSES, Simone T.; WERNECK, Renata I.  e  MOYSES, Samuel J.. High-risk behaviors and experiences with traffic law among night drivers in Curitiba, Brazil. Rev. Bras. Psiquiatr. [online]. 2016, vol.38, n.2, pp.106-112.  Epub 08-Jan-2016. ISSN 1809-452X.


To explore high-risk behaviors and experiences with traffic law among night drivers in Curitiba, Brazil.


Data from 398 drivers on sociodemographic parameters, high-risk behaviors, experiences with traffic law, and traffic law violations were collected through interviews conducted at sobriety checkpoints. Exploratory-descriptive and analytical statistics were used.


The mean age of the participants was 32.6±11.2 years (range, 18 to 75 years). Half of the drivers reported having driven after drinking in the last year, predominantly single men aged 18 to 29 years who drive cars and drink alcohol frequently. Only 55% of the drivers who had driven after drinking in the last year self-reported some concern about being detected in a police operation.


A significant association was found between sociodemographic variables and behavior, which can help tailor public interventions to a specific group of drivers: young men who exhibit high-risk behaviors in traffic, such as driving after drinking alcohol, some of whom report heavy alcohol consumption. This group represents a challenge for educational and enforcement interventions, particularly because they admit to violating current laws and have a low perception of punishment due to the low risk of being detected by the police.

Palavras-chave : Risk factors; traffic; alcohol; traffic violations.

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