READING - Recidivist Speeding Offender Intervention

Speed DemonQuoted from the document introduction:

Because even low end speeding increases the collective risk to road users there has been
substantial investment in preventing such behaviour. Currently in Australia and New Zealand there
is a heavy reliance on enforcement initiatives, backed up by mass media campaigns like the RTA’s
Speeding: No one thinks big of you campaign and the Transport Accident Commission’s (TAC)
Pictures of you campaign to deter drivers from speeding. Drivers for whom the deterrent effect of
such measures falls short find themselves subject to increasingly severe penalties. For example,
larger fines and more demerit points apply for higher speeds. At sufficiently high speeds, or
following the accumulation of a sufficient number of demerit points, a driver’s license can be
suspended or disqualified. Vehicle impoundment has also been adopted for ‘hoon’ behaviour in
some jurisdictions. In Victoria, for example, police can seize cars and motorbikes used to commit
certain offences, including exceeding the speed limit by 45 km/h or more, or travelling at 145 km/h
or more in a 110 km/h zone (Perry 2007).

In keeping with the safe system approach, an intensive intervention for recidivist speeders may be
a useful adjunct to this penalty structure. One of the actions listed in the 2007-2008 National Road
Safety Action Plan is the establishment of a best practice model for the rehabilitation of repeat
speeding offenders.

This report is focussed on describing the development of an intervention for recidivist speeders
which combines education and driving assistance technologies. Education based programs for
high level and recidivist speeders have been implemented in Australia and overseas. These have
incorporated a large range of approaches and content. Technological advances in recent years
have provided previously unavailable avenues for reducing an individual’s capacity to engage in
speeding behaviour.

Nowhere have these programs and technologies been contrasted with each other in an attempt to
identify the ‘best’ elements. This project goes one step further by drawing together these elements
into a framework for an entirely new program.


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