Connecticut Statewide sTEP Wave Evaluation

Selective Traffic Enforcement Programs (sTEPs) have been shown to be an effective and quick way to change motorists' behavior. For the past 8 years, the Connecticut Department of Transportation's Division of Highway Safety has organized one such sTEP program, a statewide seat belt enforcement program with sTEP waves every 3 to 4 months. A total of 18 waves have been implemented to date. To evaluate the success of the program, pre-wave and post-wave seat belt observation surveys are conducted by both state and municipal police. Survey results, as well as a summary of all enforcement activity during the wave, are submitted for evaluation. The results indicate that seat belt use in Connecticut has continued to rise from one wave to the next in a predictable "saw blade" pattern. The findings also indicate that agencies that have participated in a greater number of waves have experienced greater increases in seat belt use. Seat belt use has not yet plateaued in Connecticut and additional sTEP waves seem indicated.

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  • Authors:
    • Geary, Lori L
    • Ledingham, Katherine A
    • Maloney, Susan C
  • Publication Date: 2005


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  • Accession Number: 01010895
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Nov 30 2005 11:08AM