Self-Reported Effectiveness of Double-Fine Zones as a Speed Control Measure

This article reports on a study of the effectiveness of signs alerting drivers to double traffic fines in highway work zones, school zones, and safety corridors. The study featured a telephone survey of 651 adult Oregon drivers that focused on the decision to exceed speed limits across a range of driving contexts and risk categories. The authors found that personal assessments of risk change from one hypothetical situation to another, suggesting that people make a more or less calculated decision to violate the speed limit, based on their self-determined risks. Regardless of the driving context, the risk of causing an accident consistently received the most weight from respondents, followed by the risk of being stopped and cited by the police, and the risk of a traffic fine. The data suggest that drivers perceive a higher relative risk associated with traffic fines if the situation is one in which a doubling of traffic fines may apply. The authors conclude with a brief discussion of the role of double-fine laws as a focus and an impetus for public information and education. They contend that the central issue of driver awareness of the risk associated with speeding in safety corridors in Oregon remains to be effectively addressed.

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  • Authors:
    • Jones, Barnie
    • Haas, Kevin
    • Kirk, Alan
    • Griffith, Andrew
  • Publication Date: 2004


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 17-28
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  • Accession Number: 01003434
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 29 2005 12:07PM