ATTITUDES TOWARDS TRAFFIC LAW VIOLATIONS AND ENFORCEMENT

Traffic law violations are the rule rather than the exception on European roads. In view of this apparent general disregard for traffic law, enforcement can be expected to have an impact only if it is specifically directed at those violations that are considered serious by both road users and police personnel, and are relevant in terms of safety and efficiency consequences. This study identifies these violations by means of two separate activities. The first activity involved a survey of drivers and police in Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, and Spain. These countries were selected as they vary considerably in terms of accident involvement, with Norway and the Netherlands being among the countries with the lowest fatal accident involvement per capita and Spain and Ireland being among those with the highest (United Nations, 1993). The second activity involved a review of existing accident data bases that contain explicit references to violations prior to the accidents recorded, which allows comparison of perceived seriousness and objective seriousness. For the covering abstract of the conference see TRIS 00663162.

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  • Accession Number: 00719376
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-041 699
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Mar 6 2000 12:00AM