TWO EXPERIMENTAL STUDIES OF TRAFFIC LAW. VOLUME II. THE EFFECT OF COURT APPEARANCE ON TRAFFIC LAW VIOLATORS

The study compared the effects on subsequent driving records of 5434 moving traffic violators not ordinarily required to appear in court, of a required court appearance vs. simpler and less costly alternatives. There were no differences in subsequent crashes, moving violations or moving violation points between required court and the standard clerk, mail-in or warning citation groups. However, the required court appearance group, on the average, recorded a subsequent moving violation or crash sooner than the other citation groups. When initial differences between the experimental groups were controlled statistically, a better record following court appearance was occasionally found among certain subsamples, but the subsamples showing such benefits varied from one comparison to another and did not clearly support the experimental hypothesis of a beneficial effect of a required court appearance on subsequent driving records.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Prepared in cooperation with Denver Univ., Colo. See also Volume 1, PB-220 467.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Geomet Incorporated

    50 Monroe Street
    Rockville, MD  USA  20850
  • Authors:
    • BLUMENTHAL, M
    • Ross, H L
  • Publication Date: 1973-2

Media Info

  • Pagination: 153 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00047597
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: National Technical Information Service
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Final Rpt
  • Contract Numbers: DOT-HS-249-2-437
  • Files: NTIS, TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 27 1973 12:00AM