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An exploration of European road users' safety attitudes towards speeding

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posted on 08.10.2019, 12:56 by Alexandra Laiou, Athanasios TheofilatosAthanasios Theofilatos, George Yannis, Uta meesmann, Katrien Torfs
© 2019, © 2019 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC and The University of Tennessee. The objective of this paper is to describe the attitudes and opinions of Europeans on speeding and compare them amongst countries and based on demographic characteristics as well as to provide a number of recommendations to be used in the effort to reduce speeding and improve road safety. The analysed data were collected within the E-Survey of Road Users’ Attitudes (ESRA) project, a joint initiative of research organisations in 17 European countries aiming at collecting comparable (inter)national data on road users’ opinions, attitudes, and behaviour with respect to road traffic risks. Data from more than 17,000 road users were collected. The speeding aspects analysed concern acceptability of unsafe traffic behaviour related to speeding, self-declared behaviour in traffic, attitudes towards unsafe traffic behaviour, support for road safety policy measures, and reported police cheques and perceived likelihood of getting caught for speeding. All reported attitudes depend on participants' gender and age. The majority of people who accept driving over the speed limit do not believe that speed limits are set at acceptable levels. The ESRA results are also compared to those of previous similar studies. Finally, key recommendations concerning speeding were formulated, addressed to stakeholders at three different levels, namely, European-level, national/regional level, and particular stakeholders.

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School

  • Architecture, Building and Civil Engineering

Published in

Journal of Transportation Safety and Security

Volume

13

Issue

5

Pages

552-573

Publisher

Taylor and Francis

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Taylor & Francis Group, LLC and The University of Tennessee

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Transportation Safety and Security on 14 Aug 2019, available online: https://doi.org/10.1080/19439962.2019.1650144

Acceptance date

24/07/2019

Publication date

2019-08-14

Copyright date

2021

ISSN

1943-9962

eISSN

1943-9970

Language

en

Depositor

Dr Akis Theofilatos