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Is speeding a "real" antisocial behavior? A comparison with other antisocial behaviors

Poulter, D.R. and McKenna, F.P. (2007) Is speeding a "real" antisocial behavior? A comparison with other antisocial behaviors. Accident Analysis & Prevention, 39 (2). pp. 384-389. ISSN 0001-4575

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.aap.2006.08.015


The relationship between speed and crashes has been well established in the literature, with the consequence that speed reduction through enforced or other means should lead to a reduction in crashes. The extent to which the public regard speeding as a problem that requires enforcement is less clear. Analysis was conducted on public perceptions of antisocial behaviors including speeding traffic. The data was collected as part of the British Crime Survey, a face-to-face interview with UK residents on issues relating to crime. The antisocial behavior section required participants to state the degree to which they perceived 16 antisocial behaviors to be a problem in their area. Results revealed that speeding traffic was perceived as the greatest problem in local communities, regardless of whether respondents were male or female, young, middle aged, or old. The rating of speeding traffic as the greatest problem in the community was replicated in a second, smaller postal survey, where respondents also provided strong support for enforcement on residential roads, and indicated that traveling immediately above the speed limit on residential roads was unacceptable. Results are discussed in relation to practical implications for speed enforcement, and the prioritization of limited police resources. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences
ID Code:13894
Uncontrolled Keywords:speeding, attitudes, antisocial behavior, RISK

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