Road rage behaviours found to increase collision risk

    TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - As many Canadians make travel plans to celebrate
the Canada day long weekend, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
reminds you to be aware of your driving behaviours. New research has found
evidence that both victims and perpetrators of road rage behaviour increase
their risk of being involved in a collision by up to 50 percent.
    In his study, Road Rage and Collision Involvement, Robert E. Mann, Senior
Scientist, Social, Prevention and Health Policy Research, CAMH compiled data
from Ontario residents to examine correlations between driving behaviours and
collision rates.
    The first study of its kind - investigating both victimization and
perpetration of road rage behaviours - found that:

        -  Collisions related to road rage behaviours were highest among
           those aged 18 to 35; dropping significantly for those aged 35 to

        -  Reported collisions were significantly lower for those living
           outside of urban centres.

        -  12.7 percent of respondents indicated experiencing both victim and
           perpetrator behaviour; and are at the highest risk of collision

    The research also indicates that the more someone engages in road rage
behaviour, the likelihood of collision increases dramatically. "The rates of
collision remain equal for those who have perpetrated or have been victims of
road rage behaviour at around 85 percent," said Mann, "but for those who have
engaged in both behaviours, their risk increases to 157 percent."
    This new information is significant as celebrations for the long weekend
approach. "We must be aware of the potential dangers this poses to drivers,"
said Mann "evidence has shown that serious road rage is associated with
alcohol and substance use as well as stress, anxiety and depression."
    The study has been published in this month's issue of the American
Journal of Health Behaviour.
    Dr. Robert E. Mann is available via telephone upon request.

    The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is one of the largest
addiction and mental health organizations in North America and Canada's
leading mental health and addiction teaching hospital. CAMH is a Pan American
Health Organization and World Health Organization Collaborating Centre, and is
fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. CAMH combines clinical care,
research, policy, education and health promotion to transform the lives of
people impacted by mental health and addiction issues.

For further information:

For further information: Leah Young, Manager, Research Communications at
(416) 535-8501 ext 4932

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