The Future of Automated Traffic Enforcement and Public Acceptance

Automated enforcement is widely used as a supplement to the traditional use of law enforcement officers. The use of photo enforcement technology has increased in recent years following societal questioning of the use of law enforcement officers for traffic enforcement, as well as increasing officer vacancy rates in many law enforcement agencies. It would be useful to conduct a detailed and comprehensive assessment of the efficacy and efficiency of automated traffic enforcement to assist future public policy development, with consideration of (but not limited to) the following research questions: How effective is automated enforcement technology in the United States, and how is it accepted by the public?; Can an automated enforcement program be implemented and generate public acceptance and compliance with traffic safety laws?; Can tolling systems be used to detect and deter speeding violations?; What approach is best suited to address the public perception that automated traffic enforcement is used primarily to generate revenue? The objectives of this is research are to (1) conduct a comprehensive assessment of automated traffic law enforcement to assist in the public policy discussion of the future of traffic enforcement across the nation and (2) develop a toolkit for state highway safety offices and other stakeholders to support implementation of automated enforcement in a manner that  minimizes public and political opposition. It is important to research and understand the applicability of automated traffic enforcement beyond the school and work zones. 


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $350000
  • Contract Numbers:


  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Behavioral Traffic Safety Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Governors Highway Safety Association

    444 N. Capitol Street, NW, Suite 722
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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

    Retting, Richard

  • Start Date: 20240619
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01922090
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: BTS-42
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 19 2024 3:22PM