Driver perceptions of police speed enforcement : differences between camera-based and non-camera based methods : results from a qualitative study

Soole, David W., Lennon, Alexia J., & Watson, Barry C. (2008) Driver perceptions of police speed enforcement : differences between camera-based and non-camera based methods : results from a qualitative study. In Australasian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, 10-12 November 2008, Adelaide, South Australia.

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Prior research has highlighted the relationship between speeding and increased frequency and severity of traffic crashes. There is evidence to suggest that police speed enforcement, in particular speed camera operations, can be an effective tool for reducing traffic crashes. This qualitative study used focus groups with Queensland drivers (n=39) to investigate knowledge, support, and impact on self-reported speeding behaviour of a variety of police speed enforcement methods. A number of interesting themes emerged. There were many incongruities regarding participants perceptions of current police speed enforcement policies and practices. While participants perceived police speed enforcement as a revenue-raising tool for the Government, paradoxically they also reported it as serving a road-safety benefit. Non-camera based methods, such as on-road traffic patrols, received stronger support and was associated with greater self-reported compliance to speed limits than camera-based methods. Support for camera-based methods, such as mobile speed camera vans and fixed cameras, was contingent upon overt operations and greater perceived transparency in criteria used for choosing camera locations. There was also variation in the impact of camera-based methods on self-reported speeding with some participants reporting greater compliance, either site-specific or network-wide, while others reported no or little impact on speeding behaviour. Potential policy implications and directions for future research are discussed.

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ID Code: 17781
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information:
Keywords: police speed enforcement, speeding, speed cameras, fixed cameras, routine traffic patrol, overt enforcement, covert enforcment, legitimacy, focus groups
ISBN: 1876346566
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > TRANSPORTATION AND FREIGHT SERVICES (150700) > Road Transportation and Freight Services (150703)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Police Administration Procedures and Practice (160205)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Psychology not elsewhere classified (170199)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety - Qld (CARRS-Q)
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 [please consult the authors]
Copyright Statement: Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher
Deposited On: 23 Feb 2009 03:30
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 14:40

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