Correlates of motor-vehicle safety behaviors in working populations

Kevin K. Knight, Jonathan E. Fielding, Ron Z. Goetzel

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Abstract

To determine the prevalence and correlates in a working population of failure to wear seat belts, drinking; and driving; and speeding, we examined the responses of 18 046 healthprofile participants. Twenty-four percent of subjects reported failure to wear seat belts at least 80% of the time. Twenty-two percent reported speeding at least 10 miles per hour over the speed limit when traffic permits. Twenty-three percent reported traveling at least once a month with a driver who had two or more drinks. Correlates of high-risk behaviors included male gender and youth. Educational attainment was inversely associated with seat-belt nonuse but directly related to speeding and drinking/driving. Our Undings suggest a substantial opportunity to help employees lower important risks for serious motor-vehicle injury.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)705-710
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Occupational Medicine
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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