Influence of Drivers' Internal Reasoning on Speeding

This project will help the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) better understand the personal influences on speeding behavior by examining the influence of drivers’ internal reasoning about speeding. In general, internal reasoning is a way of thinking, understanding and forming judgments about our own and others’ behavior. Internal reasoning have been shown to predict various types of unlawful and rule-violating behavior in adolescents and adults; however, to date, internal reasoning has not been examined as a predictor of speeding behavior. This study fills this gap in the literature by examining the relationship between drivers’ internal reasoning about speeding and their speeding behavior. In particular, the study will explore how drivers’ speeding behavior may be influenced by their judgments about the rightfulness or wrongfulness of speeding, despite potential threats to safety (moral), and the lawfulness or unlawfulness of speeding, despite the formal codified rules against it (legal). This study will use a multi-methodological approach, with official administrative records meant to act as objective data by which to validate self-reports and self-reported data to capture individuals’ subjective views on speeding and provide insight into their speeding behavior not captured by administrative data. The results will produce a better understanding of how drivers’ internal reasoning may influence speeding behavior. They will be useful for NHTSA, States, and other traffic safety stakeholders, particularly for designing countermeasures and for public information and education programs designed to reduce speeding behavior and speeding-related crashes.


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    • Status: Active
    • Funding: $648691
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    • Sponsor Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, D.C.  United States  20590

      Office of Behavioral Safety Research

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, District of Columbia  United States  20590
    • Managing Organizations:

      National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

      1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
      Washington, D.C.  United States  20590
    • Project Managers:

      Jeleniewski, Stacy

    • Performing Organizations:

      Dunlap and Associates, Incorporated

      110 Lenox Avenue
      Stamford, CT  United States  06906
    • Principal Investigators:

      Jeleniewski, Stacy

    • Start Date: 20200925
    • Expected Completion Date: 20241231
    • Actual Completion Date: 0
    • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
    • Subprogram: Speeding

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    Filing Info

    • Accession Number: 01756966
    • Record Type: Research project
    • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
    • Contract Numbers: DTNH2217D00031, 693JJ920F000192
    • Files: RIP, USDOT
    • Created Date: Nov 2 2020 12:20PM