A review of international speed enforcement policies and practices : evidence-based recommendations for best practice

Soole, David W., Watson, Barry, & Fleiter, Judy (2014) A review of international speed enforcement policies and practices : evidence-based recommendations for best practice. In Ahram, T., Karwowski, W., & Marek, T. (Eds.) Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Applied Human and Ergonomics, AHFE International , Krakow, Poland.

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Extensive research has highlighted the positive and exponential relationship between vehicle speed and crash risk and severity. Speed enforcement policies and practices throughout the world have developed dramatically as new technology becomes available, however speeding remains a pervasive problem internationally that significantly contributes to road trauma. This paper adopted a three-pronged approach to review speed enforcement policies and practices by:

(i) describing and comparing policies and practices adopted in a cross-section of international jurisdictions;

(ii) reviewing the available empirical evidence evaluating the effectiveness of various approaches, and;

(iii) providing recommendations for the optimisation speed enforcement.

The review shows the enforcement strategies adopted in various countries differ both in terms of the approaches used and how they are specifically applied. The literature review suggests strong and consistent evidence that police speed enforcement, in particular speed cameras, can be an effective tool for reducing vehicle speeds and subsequent traffic crashes. Drawing from this evidence, recommendations for best practice are proposed, including the specific instances in which various speed enforcement approaches typically produce the greatest road safety benefits, and perhaps most importantly, that speed enforcement programs must utilise a variety of strategies tailored to specific situations, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach.

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ID Code: 75877
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: speeding, police, enforcement, speed cameras, road safety
ISBN: 9781495120978
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > CRIMINOLOGY (160200) > Police Administration Procedures and Practice (160205)
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
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 AHFE Conference
Deposited On: 02 Sep 2014 23:46
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2014 16:31

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