THE EFFECTIVENESS OF OFFICIAL ACTION TAKEN AGAINST PROBLEM DRIVERS: A FIVE-YEAR FOLLOW-UP

This study evaluated the effectiveness of official action such as suspension or probation taken against problem drivers. Official action was manipulated randomly up or down one level from the normal course of action selected at the end of a one-hour driver improvement interview. Drivers arbitrarily given more-than-normal action at the interview had consistently, but insignificantly, more subsequent moving violations than did drivers with normal or less-than-normal action. Drivers given less-than-normal action at the interview, however, had significantly more driving accidents subsequently than did drivers with normal or more-than-normal action. A significant interaction with previous official action complicated this second finding: Drivers with previous suspension, but less-than-normal action at the interview, had more accidents later than if given normal or more-than normal interview action. Thus, official departmental action affects later driving accidents but has little effect on moving violations. Further, official action should be progressively more severe if a problem driver doesn't improve. /Author/

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    • Prepared in conjunction with the Iowa Department of Public Safety.
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    National Safety Council

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  • Authors:
    • SCHUSTER, D H
  • Publication Date: 1974-12

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  • Accession Number: 00132139
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Safety Council Safety Research Info Serv
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 23 1977 12:00AM