Canadian Journal of Public Health

, Volume 97, Issue 2, pp 96–99 | Cite as

Assessing Road Rage Victimization and Perpetration in the Ontario Adult Population

The Impact of Illicit Drug Use and Psychiatric Distress
  • Jennifer E. ButtersEmail author
  • Robert E. Mann
  • Reginald G. Smart



To investigate the association among illicit drug use, psychiatric distress and road rage victimization and offending. Particular attention is given to the most serious forms of road rage behaviour.


The data are based on the 2002 CAMH Monitor and include a sample of 2,421 Ontario adults aged 18 and older. Logistic regression analyses were conducted with illicit drug use and psychiatric distress (GHQ) and demographic factors as independent variables.


Past-year road rage victimization was reported by 42% of the sample and 31% reported any type of road rage offending. Approximately 5% were classified as respondents with serious road rage involvement. The logistic regression analyses revealed significant relationships between illicit drug use and road rage outcomes. Cannabis use was significantly associated with general road rage victimization and offending, while stimulant use substantially increased the likelihood of victimization and membership in the serious road rage classification. Psychiatric distress significantly increased the odds of both road rage victimization and serious road rage involvement.


These data reveal different indicators of road rage offending, victimization and serious involvement. Further work is needed to clarify the mechanisms associated with the relationship among stimulant use, psychiatric distress and serious road rage involvement.

MeSH terms

Automobile driving marijuana and stimulant use stress psychological 



Pour étudier l’association entre l’utilisation illicite de drogue, la détresse psychiatrique et victimisation et offenser de fureur de route. Une attention particulière est donnée aux formes les plus sérieuses de comportement de fureur de route.


Les données sont basées sur le moniteur de 2002 CAMH et incluent un groupe de 2 421 adultes d’Ontario âgés de 18 ans et plus. Des analyses logistiques de régression ont été conduites avec l’utilisation illicite de drogue et la détresse psychiatrique (GHQ) et les facteurs démographiques en tant que variables indépendantes.


Après la fureur de route d’année la victimisation a été rapportée de 42 % de l’échantillon et 31 % a rapporté n’importe quel type d’offenser de fureur de route. Approximativement 5 % ont été classifiés comme répondants avec la participation sérieuse de fureur de route. Les analyses logistiques de régression ont indiqué des rapports significatifs entre l’utilisation de drogue et les résultats illicites de fureur de route. L’utilisation de cannabis a été sensiblement associée à la victimisation générale de fureur de route et à offenser, alors que l’utilisation de stimulant augmentait sensiblement la probabilité de la victimisation et de l’adhésion dans la classification sérieuse de fureur de route. La détresse psychiatrique a augmenté de manière significative la chance de la victimisation de fureur de route et de la participation sérieuse de fureur de route.


Ces données indiquent différents indicateurs d’offenser de fureur de route, de victimisation et de participation sérieuse. Davantage de travail est nécessaire pour clarifier les mécanismes liés au rapport entre l’utilisation de stimulant, la détresse psychiatrique et la participation sérieuse de fureur de route.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jennifer E. Butters
    • 1
    Email author
  • Robert E. Mann
    • 2
  • Reginald G. Smart
    • 2
  1. 1.Centre for Urban Health Initiatives, University College Room 259AUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Social, Prevention and Health Policy Research DepartmentCentre for Addiction and Mental HealthTorontoCanada

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