EFFECT OF LOWERING PENALTY FOR NON-WEARING OF SEAT BELTS ON ISSUING OF CAUTIONS AND INFRINGEMENT NOTICES

The purpose of the study was to determine whether the reduction from $20 to $10 in the infringement notice penalty for the non wearing of seat belts produced a change in the proportion of infringement notices and cautions issued for seat belts. Using three month before and after periods it was found that in the metropolitan area there was a significant increase in the number of seat belt offences which resulted in an infringement notice rather than a caution being issued. The proportion of traffic law enforcement devoted to seat belts during the two periods was identical. Consequently it was concluded that the result was consistent with, but not necessarily proof, that the 50% reduction in the seat belt penalty did indeed lead to patrolmen in the metropolitan area issuing infringement notices rather than cautions. (A) /TRRL/

  • Corporate Authors:

    Western Australia Road Traffic Authority

    Research and Statistics Division, 22 Mount Street
    Perth, Western Australia,   Australia 
  • Authors:
    • Smith, D I
  • Publication Date: 1977-11

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 12 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00184491
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Report 9 Monograph
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 3 1979 12:00AM