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Perception of the Risks Associated with Impaired Driving and Effects on Driving Behavior


Georges Dionne


HEC Montreal - Department of Finance

Claude Fluet


University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) - Department of Economics

Denise Desjardins


University of Montreal - Center for Research on Transportation

March 2006

Canada Research Chair in Risk Management Working Paper No. 06-04

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This research studies the perception of the risks associated with impaired driving - probability of being apprehended or of having an accident - and the relation between the perception of risks and driving behavior. The most important determinants of perceptual biases are age, an accumulation of violations in the year preceding the survey, being a non-drinker, knowledge of the legal alcohol limit for driving, opinion about zero tolerance for impaired driving, and family income. Perceptual biases are shown to influence driving behavior, as captured by drivers' accumulated violations, demerit points and bodily injury accidents, in the years preceding and in the year following the survey. In conclusion, we analyze the results in terms of public policy for road safety.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 29

Keywords: Risk perception, impaired driving, driving behavior, traffic violation, road accident, regulation, public policy

JEL Classification: D81, C11, C13, K42

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Date posted: March 22, 2006  

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Dionne, Georges and Fluet, Claude and Desjardins, Denise, Perception of the Risks Associated with Impaired Driving and Effects on Driving Behavior (March 2006). Canada Research Chair in Risk Management Working Paper No. 06-04. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=892784 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.892784

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Georges Dionne (Contact Author)
HEC Montreal - Department of Finance ( email )
3000 Chemin de la Cote-Sainte-Catherine
Montreal, Quebec H3T 2A7
Canada
514-340-6596 (Phone)
514-340-5019 (Fax)
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Claude-Denys Fluet
University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) - Department of Economics ( email )
P.O. Box 8888, Downtown Station
Montreal, Quebec H3C 3P8
Canada
514-987-3000 (Phone)
Denise Desjardins
University of Montreal - Center for Research on Transportation ( email )
C.P. 6128, Succ. Centre-Ville
Montreal, Quebec H3C 3J7
Canada
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