Violence has occurred within society since the start of civilization. The concept of vehicular violence is not commonly associated, nor recognized, within society as compared to other acts of violence, e.g., homicide, suicide and rape, in addition to organized acts of violence such as gang shootings and terrorist attacks. The use of a weapon to facilitate an act of violence is commonly associated with a knife, blunt instrument (e.g. baseball bat) or a gun, but we fail to recognize that a vehicle, whether be a passenger car, motorcycle, or truck, can be used as a weapon as well.
This blog will attempt to bring to light the public health burden of vehicular violence by understanding the "zones of relevance" (Schutz, 1970; Rothe, 2008), identifying risk factors for vehicular violence and addressing the magnitude of the issue with respect to individual acts of violence.
The following sections are adapted and expanded upon from Peter Rothe's book Driven To Kill: Vehicles as Weapons. Dr. Rothe is an associate professor in the Centre for Health Promotion Studies, School of Public Health, University of Alberta. He is also a senior associate of the Alberta Centre for Injury Control & Research.