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Wien Klin Wochenschr. 2017 Sep;129(17-18):625-629. doi: 10.1007/s00508-017-1219-6. Epub 2017 Jun 2.

SUV driving "masculinizes" risk behavior in females: a public health challenge.

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1
Institute of Environmental Health, Center for Public Health, Medical University Vienna, Kinderspitalgasse 15, 1090, Vienna, Austria.
2
Institute of Sociology, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
3
Institute of Environmental Health, Center for Public Health, Medical University Vienna, Kinderspitalgasse 15, 1090, Vienna, Austria. hans-peter.hutter@meduniwien.ac.at.

Abstract

Involvement of sport utility vehicles (SUV) in accidents especially with children is of increasing importance. Studies have indicated a more risky behavior in SUV drivers. We conducted an observational study focusing on traffic violations, car type, and the gender of the driver in Vienna. The study was conducted on five weekdays at the beginning of school term. Three busy intersections were selected.Drivers of 43,168 normal cars and 5653 SUVs were counted at the intersections during the observation period. In total 13.8% drivers were unbelted, 3.1% were using a handheld mobile phone, and 2.5% violated traffic lights. These frequencies were significantly higher in SUV drivers than in normal passenger car drivers. This "SUV effect" also occurred in women for all violations, although male drivers violated traffic laws more often than female drivers. However, for driving unbelted the difference between males and females was smaller in SUV drivers.

KEYWORDS:

Gender; Observational study; Public health; Road safety; Traffic violation

PMID:
28577025
PMCID:
PMC5599441
DOI:
10.1007/s00508-017-1219-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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