Estimating the risk of driving under the influence of psychoactive substances

Sjoerd Houwing

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Abstract

Driving under the influence is one of the most important causes of fatal traffic crashes, with alcohol being the most dangerous substance to be used in traffic. Drugs and medicines are also dangerous, generally comparable with a BAC of 0.05-0.08. Combined use of different substances leads to even higher risks.

In the past decades, much research has been conducted into the risks of driving under the influence of alcohol. However, studies into the risks of driving under the influence of psychoactive substances other than alcohol are much less frequent.

Some researchers regard case-control studies as the best method to study the risk of driving under the influence of psychoactive substances. An important disadvantage of case-control studies, however, is that they are expensive and hard to perform. Therefore, few of these studies have been carried out. In addition, the findings of the limited number of studies that has been performed differ considerably.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Groningen
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Brookhuis, Karel, Supervisor
  • Hagenzieker, M., Co-supervisor, External person
Award date2-May-2013
Place of Publication[S.l.]
Publisher
Print ISBNs9789073946101
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Proefschriften (vorm)
  • Rijden onder invloed
  • Rijgedrag
  • Verkeerspsychologie
  • wegverkeer, wegvoertuigen: overige
  • verkeersregeling, verkeersveiligheid

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