EXCEEDING THE SPEED LIMIT: AN EVALUATION OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF A POLICE INTERVENTION

Driving too fast is probably one of the main contributors to the occurrence and severity of road accidents, and intention to speed is an important predictor of exceeding speed limits. This study examined the effect of a police intervention on exceeding the posted speed limit and on intentions to speed. The intervention consisted of a week in which 'police speed check area' warning signs were put up on the target road, followed by a week of active police presence, followed by a further week in which the signs remained. The speed of vehicles was measured using police data collection equipment for a total of 7 weeks. The effect on the intention of drivers using the road to exceed speed limits was assessed across age, sex and pre-intervention speeding behavior using questionnaire measures. Fewer people broke the speed limit during the intervention than before, this effect lasting to a limited extent up to 9 weeks after police activity ceased and 8 weeks after signs were removed. The effect on drivers breaking the speed limit by large amounts was more transient.

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    Elsevier

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  • Authors:
    • HOLLAND, C A
    • Conner, M T
  • Publication Date: 1996-9

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00728738
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: HS-042 353
  • Files: HSL, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 18 1996 12:00AM