Investigation of Interactions between Traffic Law Enforcement and Driving Behavior on Rural Highways in Colorado

Highways witness thousands of traffic crashes, injury and fatalities every day around the country. Traffic accidents, despite common, are actually very complex in nature, which are influenced by driving behavior and driving conditions. Although a lot of efforts have been put forward on investigating the traffic safety in various driving conditions, the studies related to the driving behavior, especially considering the influence from the effective policing efforts was very rare. It is known that traffic law enforcement, if well designed, can considerably influence unsafe driving habits of drivers and in turn reduce the number of crashes and also the injury severities. To effective mitigate the traffic crashes and injuries, to understand the complex mechanisms between the traffic law enforcement and driving behavior becomes critical. The objective of this study would be to characterize the basic interactions between the traffic law enforcement and driving behavior on rural highways in Colorado. Colorado is well known for its complex terrain and adverse driving conditions. In the present study, the focus would be on evaluating how the driving behavior would be affected by different law enforcement solutions under different driving conditions. In order to do that, firstly, the study will conduct the survey/interview to narrow down interested law enforcement solutions as well as unsafe driving behavior which are particularly significant in Colorado. Secondly, the historical accident data would be analyzed to identify those critical driving environments which could affect the model to be developed. Finally, the advanced data analysis will be conducted to establish the understanding of how traffic law enforcement affect the driving behavior which is specific to Colorado, but also helpful for other similar states. Given the significance of trucks getting involved into the accidents in Colorado, heavy and commercial trucks will be paid special attention.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $50000.00
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Research and Innovative Technology Administration

    University Transportation Centers Program
    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Kline, Robin

  • Performing Organizations:

    Colorado State University, Fort Collins

    Fort Collins, CO  United States  80523
  • Principal Investigators:

    Chen, Suren

  • Start Date: 20120701
  • Expected Completion Date: 20161231
  • Actual Completion Date: 20161024
  • Source Data: MPC-380

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01483289
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Mountain-Plains Consortium
  • Contract Numbers: DTRT12-G-UTC08
  • Files: UTC, RiP
  • Created Date: Jun 6 2013 1:03AM