Title: Analysis of Drivers’ Compliance to Speed Limits Enforced with an Automated Section Speed Enforcement System
Citation: Proceedings of the 91st Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting
Publisher: Transportation Research Board of the National Academies
Publication Year: 2012
JRC N°: JRC68475
URI: http://pubsindex.trb.org/view/2012/C/1128604
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This study evaluated the effectiveness of speed limits enforced with an automated section speed enforcement system (ASSES) through the analysis of compliance after the system implementation in the Italian Motorway A3 Naples-Salerno. The speed limits were selected taking into account the average of the following values: (1) minimum design speed; (2) minimum speed consistent with the available stopping sight distance; and (3) operating speeds before the ASSES implementation. The first two criteria take into account safety whereas the third criterion takes into account the mobility needs. The speed limits selected with these criteria were then refined basing on: maximum difference between the section speed limit and the minimum speed evaluated with criteria 1 and 2, evaluation of critical conditions, and consistency between the speed limits and the highway function. The system was activated on April 21, 2010 and the driving speeds were monitored in the two periods April 21, 2010 - May 11, 2010 and March 30, 2011 - April 20, 2011. Overall, non compliance to the speed limits was equal to 50%. Non compliance was higher for heavy vehicles (60-70%) than for light vehicles (32-65%). Non compliance of light vehicles was much higher in the sections with the most constrained alignments (64% in sections with speed limit equal to 80 kph vs. 34% in sections with speed limit equal to 100 kph). Higher compliance to the speed limits, according to the authors’ belief, might be achieved by a better strategy of communication and information to the road users and a speed limit management strategy synergic between the highway agency and the Police who actually manages the commitments of fines.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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