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Prevalence of impaired driving behaviors in a diverse, rural, southern middle school.
Accid Anal Prev 2007; 39(6):1080-7AA

Abstract

Little research has been reported on the risky behaviors of pre-driving adolescents revolving around alcohol use, in particular impaired driving behaviors, which in general have been shown to be higher in rural areas. This study investigated the prevalence of drinking while driving and riding with a drinking driver among 290 middle school students in a Mississippi Delta area middle school. Just under half (45.3%) responded that at least once in the past 30 days they had ridden with a drinking driver and 17% indicated they had driven an automobile after drinking alcohol. The prevalence of underage drinking, driving under the influence of alcohol, and riding with a drinking driver among our sample of middle school students is alarming. This study shows alcohol-related driving behaviors are not solely performed by those who are legally licensed to drive, but simply by those who have access to vehicles. The authors recommend that prevention programs focusing on reducing the incidence of impaired driving should start in early adolescence.

Authors+Show Affiliations

University of Georgia, Department of Health Promotion and Behavior, 311 Ramsey Center, Athens, GA 30602, United States. jlm@uga.eduNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

17920829

Citation

Muilenburg, Jessica L., et al. "Prevalence of Impaired Driving Behaviors in a Diverse, Rural, Southern Middle School." Accident; Analysis and Prevention, vol. 39, no. 6, 2007, pp. 1080-7.
Muilenburg JL, Johnson WD, Usdan SL, et al. Prevalence of impaired driving behaviors in a diverse, rural, southern middle school. Accid Anal Prev. 2007;39(6):1080-7.
Muilenburg, J. L., Johnson, W. D., Usdan, S. L., Annang, L., & Clayton, D. L. (2007). Prevalence of impaired driving behaviors in a diverse, rural, southern middle school. Accident; Analysis and Prevention, 39(6), pp. 1080-7.
Muilenburg JL, et al. Prevalence of Impaired Driving Behaviors in a Diverse, Rural, Southern Middle School. Accid Anal Prev. 2007;39(6):1080-7. PubMed PMID: 17920829.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Prevalence of impaired driving behaviors in a diverse, rural, southern middle school. AU - Muilenburg,Jessica L, AU - Johnson,William D, AU - Usdan,Stuart L, AU - Annang,Lucy, AU - Clayton,Dixie L, Y1 - 2007/04/23/ PY - 2006/12/05/received PY - 2007/02/05/revised PY - 2007/02/12/accepted PY - 2007/10/9/pubmed PY - 2008/1/30/medline PY - 2007/10/9/entrez SP - 1080 EP - 7 JF - Accident; analysis and prevention JO - Accid Anal Prev VL - 39 IS - 6 N2 - Little research has been reported on the risky behaviors of pre-driving adolescents revolving around alcohol use, in particular impaired driving behaviors, which in general have been shown to be higher in rural areas. This study investigated the prevalence of drinking while driving and riding with a drinking driver among 290 middle school students in a Mississippi Delta area middle school. Just under half (45.3%) responded that at least once in the past 30 days they had ridden with a drinking driver and 17% indicated they had driven an automobile after drinking alcohol. The prevalence of underage drinking, driving under the influence of alcohol, and riding with a drinking driver among our sample of middle school students is alarming. This study shows alcohol-related driving behaviors are not solely performed by those who are legally licensed to drive, but simply by those who have access to vehicles. The authors recommend that prevention programs focusing on reducing the incidence of impaired driving should start in early adolescence. SN - 0001-4575 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/17920829/Prevalence_of_impaired_driving_behaviors_in_a_diverse_rural_southern_middle_school_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0001-4575(07)00024-3 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -