“Privilege to Kill” phenomenon on developing countries’ roads : a preliminary case study of China

Wang, Zhe & Zheng, Zuduo (2014) “Privilege to Kill” phenomenon on developing countries’ roads : a preliminary case study of China. In The IEEE Conference on Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITSC 2014), 8-11 October 2014, Qingdao, China. (In Press)


This study aims to examine the severe consequences of traffic crashes related to a special group of drivers in China, which is called the “Second Rich & Powerful Generation” (SRPG). The unique driving behaviors and attitudes of this special group are intertwined with the general cultural and social environment in China. To investigate the difference of traffic crash consequences between drivers who belong to SRPG and general driver population, injuries and fatalities in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 were compared. Results consistently showed that while no significant difference was detected between these two groups in terms of injuries, fatalities per crash caused by SRPG were significantly larger than that caused by general driver population. Findings from our study clearly demonstrate the complexity of road safety issues in developing countries, and can also be used to develop road safety improvement strategies tailored to SRPG.

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ID Code: 76188
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Road crash, Cultural influence, Risk perception, Developing countries
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 16 Sep 2014 23:29
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2017 16:32

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