Motivations for Speeding

The purpose of this research is to: (1) identify the reasons why drivers speed, (2) model the relative roles of situational, demographic, and personality factors in predicting travel speeds, classify speeders, and (3) identify interventions / countermeasures and strategies for reducing speeding behaviors. The study will look at both urban (Seattle) and rural (Texas) drivers and compare across gender and age group. Driver behavior will be recorded through devices installed in participant vehicles and driver trip logs. Psychological measures for drivers will also be collected. Data analysis will compare age, gender, & urban/rural across psychological factors and driving (speeding) behavior. Results will be used to estimate the relative roles of situational, demographic, and personality factors in speed choices (variance accounted for) in order to determine which of the three promises the highest return when designing focused countermeasures.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • See DOT HS 811 658 "Motivations for Speeding, Volume I: Summary Report," DOT HS 811 818 "Motivations for Speeding, Volume II: Findings Report," and DOT HS 811 819 "Motivations for Speeding, Volume III: Appendices."


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  • Status: Completed
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Highway Traffic Safety Administration

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

    Atkins, Randolph

  • Performing Organizations:

    Battelle Memorial Institute

    Columbus Laboratories
    Columbus, OH  United States  43201
  • Start Date: 20080904
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 20130900
  • USDOT Program: Behavioral Safety Research
  • Subprogram: Speeding
  • Source Data: RiP Project 31036

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01490699
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
  • Contract Numbers: DTNH22-06-D-00040
  • Files: RiP
  • Created Date: Aug 29 2013 1:01AM