Journal article

Factors associated with recurrence of alcohol-related traffic violations in southern Brazil

Aurinez R Schmitz, Jose R Goldim, Luciano SP Guimaraes, Fernanda M Lopes, Felix Kessler, Tanara Sousa, Veralice M Goncalves, Flavio Pechansky



OBJECTIVE: To analyze variables associated with recurrence of blood alcohol content (BAC)-related traffic violations among drivers in southern Brazil. METHOD: This cross-sectional study included 12,204 driving-under-the-influence (DUI) offenders according to data provided by the Rio Grande do Sul state Transportation Department. Sociodemographic characteristics, license duration, license category, and psychological assessment results were analyzed. Drivers convicted of DUI more than once in 2009/2010 were considered recidivists. Variables were evaluated using descriptive statistical analysis and Poisson regression, adjusted by sex, age, and education level. RESULTS: A total of 538 (4.41%) dr..

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Awarded by Fundacao de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul (FAPERGS)

Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by Fundacao de Amparo a Pesquisa do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul (FAPERGS; project 1013900). The authors are grateful for the partnership established between DETRAN-RS and the Nucleus for the Study and Research on Traffic and Alcohol (Nucleo de Estudo e Pesquisa em Transito e Alcool, NEPTA), which allowed access to the database analyzed in this study. The authors also thank Cristiano Lemke and Lidiane Bauer Special, from the Statistics Department at DETRAN-RS, for their helpful support in acquiring the data analyzed.