Investigations are made of the causes of observance or disregard of traffic regulations. Three well-defined driving groups were stopped because of their way of driving on a selected stretch of road under normal traffic conditions, and they were subjected to extensive questioning and testing. The analysis of data by observation and questionnaire produced the following main results: infringements or observance of traffic regulations are in most cases a conscious matter. Where the proof of an infringement is not quite clear, one reckons on having a bigger chance of escaping punishment if being stopped by the law, than in cases where definite behaviour is proven. Assessment of risk of possible infringements at the spot under investigation resulted in the following: non-observance of priority rights and stop signs were classified as particularly dangerous; this was followed by infringing the no-overtaking regulations. Opinions vary greatly as regards speed limits and danger signs. Traversing separating lines and forbidden areas is not considered as dangerous, neither is too little distance between cars, or inadequate indication of a change in direction and getting into the wrong lane. An analysis of all accidents carried out for the last 5 years before the beginning of the investigation (37.5% rear collisions) showed however a grave deficiency in information; only 5% considered too little distance between cars as dangerous, but it was the most frequent type of accident at the spot under investigation. If account is taken of traffic density, a relation can be shown between road speed and the frequency of infringements and hindrances. /TRRL/

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    Tetzlaff Verlag GmbH

    Havelstrosse 9, Postfach 4006
    D-6100 Darmstadt 1,   Germany 
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  • Publication Date: 1977


  • German

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  • Accession Number: 00194970
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen (BASt)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 11 1979 12:00AM