Night-time driving: The use of seatbelts and alcohol.


Noordzij, P.C.




The objective risks of accident involvement associated with night driving, seat-belt use and alcohol intoxication have been reported from many countries. However, much less is known about the risks associated with combinations of these activities, even though these are common. A brief review of the relevant literature suggests that young drivers and drinking drivers are less likely to wear seat-belts at night. The results of a night-time survey in the netherlands support this finding, with the lowest rate of belt use, 21%, being for young drivers with blood alcohol levels in excess of the legal limit (0.50%). Thus those drivers who are most likely to become involved in a crash are least likely to protect themselves from injury. The implications of these findings for accident countermeasures are briefly outlined. (A) This paper was included in the proceedings of a CEC workshop on risky decision-making in transport held at the TNO Institute for Perception, the Netherlands, 9-11 November 1986. (Brown, I. and Janssen, W., editors).

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Proceedings of a CEC Workshop on Risky decisionmaking in transport operations, Soesterberg, 9-11 November 1986.


Brown, I. & Janssen, W. (eds.)

Volume (Issue)

31 (4)




9-11 November 1986, Soesterberg