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Self-reported attitude towards speeding and its possible consequences in five different road contexts

Lawton, R., Parker, D., Stradling, S. G. and Manstead, Antony Stephen Reid 1997. Self-reported attitude towards speeding and its possible consequences in five different road contexts. Journal of Community & Applied Social Psychology 7 (2) , pp. 153-165. 10.1002/(SICI)1099-1298(199704)7:2<153::AID-CASP405>3.0.CO;2-B

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Driving above the permitted speed limit is a common violation on the roads of Great Britain. Moreover, speeding is associated with negative consequences in the form of damage, injury and fatal road traffic accidents. The aim of this study was to assess, by means of self-report, the prevalence of this social problem across five different contexts: a residential road, a busy shopping street, a dual carriageway, a winding country road, and a motorway. The extent to which speeding was perceived to be associated with negative consequences was also assessed. Results suggest that most drivers make judgements about the type of road on which they are driving and the degree of speeding that is acceptable, and that their intentions to speed vary accordingly. Some drivers reported a consistent intention to speed, however, and these people were characterized by greater general deviance on the road (e.g. high violation score), rather than by a stronger tendency to underestimate the negative consequences. In general, however, younger people and those with less regard for negative consequences reported stronger intentions to speed. These results are discussed with reference to strategies for addressing the problem of speeding. © 1997 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Uncontrolled Keywords: speeding; road traffic; accidents and behaviour; risk assessment; road safety campaigns
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1099-1298
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 04:12

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