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Understanding the belief system of young people around alcohol consumption and road safety: the case of Argentina
National Road Safety Agency of Argentina.
National Road Safety Agency of Argentina.
National Road Safety Agency of Argentina.
2018 (English)Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In Argentina, around five thousand people die each year due to road traffic crashes, turning road safety into a relevant subject for both state and society. In this context, since 2008 a leading governmental organization is dedicated to promote road safety among people in Argentina, the National Road Safety Agency (ANSV), whose goal is the decrease of morbid-mortality owed to this epidemic. In order to meet its objective, since 2011 the ANSV has carried out observational studies on drivers and passengers’ behavior all over the country, as well as socio-cultural studies to understand the perceptions and habits of the population in relation to road safety. Studies carried out in 2016 showed that young people are the most vulnerable group among all, in line with the literature available on the subject, due to their low use of safety elements and also because they are more likely to drive under the influence of alcohol, which is likely to lead to other risky behaviors. These results are not only supported by previous research showing that young drivers are the group most inclined to behave in a risky way in transit, but also by official statistics that show that traffic injuries constitute the first cause of death among young people between 15 and 34 years old. The present work has been designed parting from this general diagnosis, to understand the belief system and the social mechanisms that motivate the risky behavior of Argentinean youth among 16 and 30 years old in relation to alcohol intake associated to road safety. The general aim pursued with this research project is thus identifying the most relevant barriers to change that are impeding young road users to adopt a safe behavior. This study is the first stage of a larger project about the subject, finishing with the design and implementation of a policy intervention and the measurement of its estimated impact.

In spite of the importance of the phenomenon of unsafe mobility patterns among the young due to alcohol consumption, little is known about how to address it. There is a widespread consensus in the Argentinean society that the issue is related with the lack of sufficient law enforcement, which is in fact partly related to the difficulties faced by a federal system of government when it comes to coordinating different bodies within different levels of government. Although still there are no clear solutions to the challenges that federalism imposes to road safety regarding alcohol consumption, local interventions could be implemented if there was a good diagnosis about this issue. However, there is little or no information: random alcohol controls are implemented all over the country by local police forces, but in most of the cases a proper statistical registry is not carried out. In this sense, there is an imperious need to generate evidence-based effective strategies to reduce risky behaviors.

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Linköping: Statens väg- och transportforskningsinstitut, 2018.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:vti:diva-12903OAI: oai:DiVA.org:vti-12903DiVA, id: diva2:1204001
Conference
18th International Conference Road Safety on Five Continents (RS5C 2018), Jeju Island, South Korea, May 16-18, 2018
Available from: 2018-05-16 Created: 2018-05-05 Last updated: 2018-05-15Bibliographically approved

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