Public Education and Enforcement Research Study (PEERS)

In 2001, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) established the Public Education and Enforcement Research Study (PEERS) to test the effectiveness of various education and enforcement (E&E) techniques to improve compliance with traffic safety laws at highway-rail grade crossings. In Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2010, the seventh and final phase of PEERS began. Over the course of the PEERS project, $2.88 million was distributed through 174 grants to 68 grantees. In addition, FRA provided matching funds worth an estimated $500,000 to allow the project to conduct an effective analysis of compliance with traffic laws. The ICC also provided an in-kind match of $495,000 to supplement the E&E programs of grantees in Phase 4. ICC was responsible for project management and documentation while FRA conducted the before and after data collection and analysis to evaluate the effectiveness of PEERS in modifying highway user behavior. Staff from FRA and ICC provided extensive technical support to all grantees. The majority (86 percent) of grants were awarded to police departments in Illinois. Between July 1, 2003, and June 30, 2012, more than 18,000 traffic law citations or warnings were issued by 58 local police departments and special agents of the Union Pacific Railroad and the Canadian National Railway. Police conducted more than 18,000 hours of enforcement activity yielding an approximately one-to-one ratio of hours of effort to number of citations or warnings issued. The average cost for 1 hour of law enforcement labor was $57.08.


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  • Accession Number: 01493659
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: RR 13-37
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Sep 3 2013 10:41AM