Association between road safety habits and risky health behaviours in Latvian adult population

Aija Bukova-Zideluna (Coresponding Author), Anita Villerusa, Iveta Pudule

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The study examined the road safety habits of the adult population of Latvia in relation to risky health behaviours (smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, no regular health check-ups at the family doctor). Data of Health Behaviour among the Latvian Adult Population for five consecutive surveys for the years 2010–2018 were analysed. Results: The use of seat belts has increased slightly – from 93.5% to 95.6% in the front seat of the vehicle, from 52.4% to 56.3% in the rear seat of the vehicle (p < 0,001). Of the 10,731 respondents, 30.8% (N = 3309; 95% CI 30.0–31.7) were daily smokers, 14.8% (N = 1593; 95% CI 14.2–15.5) had excessive alcohol consumption habits, 25.9% (N = 2779; 95% CI 25.1–26.7) had not visited their family doctor during the last year. Higher odds for seat belt use were observed among respondents without excessive alcohol consumption (OR = 2.1), non-smokers (OR = 1.5–1.8), and those, who had visited their family doctor last year (OR = 1.2–1.3). Multivariate regression analysis showed risky behaviour is an independent factor associated with road safety habits.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication8th International Multidisciplinary Research Conference SOCIETY. HEALTH. WELFARE
EditorsL. Vilka, J. Vike
PublisherEDP Sciences
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2022
EventRSU Research week 2021: Society. Health. Welfare - Rīga, Latvia
Duration: 24 Mar 202126 Mar 2021
Conference number: 8

Publication series

NameSHS Web of Conferences
ISSN (Electronic)2261-2424


ConferenceRSU Research week 2021: Society. Health. Welfare
Internet address


  • road safety
  • use of seat belt
  • Alcohol
  • smoking
  • family doctor

Field of Science*

  • 3.3 Health sciences

Publication Type*

  • 3.1. Articles or chapters in proceedings/scientific books indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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