The two main objectives of this exploratory study were: 1) to get a general picture of the attitudes of motorists and the police to each other and to the transport regulations; 2) to identify important tractable problems. The methods used for data collection and analysis are outlined. The elements which bring road users and police into contact and through which public/police relations may be modofied are described. The factors which are likely to influence, consciously or subconsciously, a driver's decision to obey traffic regulations are considered. Traffic offences are classified into three categories: driving offences, document offences and vehicle offences. Details are given of roadside encounters between motorists and police, with the two main outcomes of being stopped: being reported or being given a verbal or informal warning. The results of encounters with police show how road users'attitudes change immediately after being reported, after legal process is concluded, and following immediate and later warnings. Finally, the effectiveness of different sanctions is discussed. For abstracts of two abbreviated versions of this paper see IRRD 267469 and 272811. (TRRL)

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    Croom Helm Limited

    Provident House, Burrell Row
    Beckenham, Kent,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Dix, M C
    • Layzell, A D
  • Publication Date: 1983

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  • Accession Number: 00451032
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2004 9:57PM