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NCJ Number: 78678 Find in a Library
Title: Incidence and Effects of Police Action on Motoring Offences as Described by Drivers
Author(s): R Griffiths; R F Davies; R Henderson; D Sheppard
Corporate Author: Great Britain Transport and Road Research Laboratory
Road User Characteristics Division
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Transport and Road Research Laboratory
Crowthorne, Berkshire, England
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This British report presents the results of a survey of 2,801 drivers, which was designed to discover the frequency and reasons for any contacts with the police about motoring offenses, the actions taken by the police, and the effects this action had on the drivers.
Abstract: A systematic probability sample was used in the survey. Up to four recalls were made to contact respondents who were all over the age of 16. Of 39 percent of the drivers spoken to by a police officer about a possible offense, 25 percent had been spoken to more than once in the previous 2 1/2 years. In most cases, the police officer spoke to them abut only one offense, the most common being speeding. In 44 percent of the cases, the officer gave a verbal warning, in 4 percent a warning letter was sent, and in 38 percent of the cases court action was followed. In 61 percent of the cases, drivers reported that they took more care subsequently. Warnings appeared to be as effective in this respect as court actions for some driving offenses, but for vehicle offenses court action appeared more effective. Data tables and five references are included. (Author abstract modified)
Index Term(s): Great Britain/United Kingdom; Police effectiveness; Services effectiveness; Traffic offenses; Traffic violation warnings
Note: TRRL (Transport and Road Research Laboratory) Supplementary report 543.
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