A Survey of Traffic Safety Culture Among Iowa Adults, TS-1101, 2012

(2012) A Survey of Traffic Safety Culture Among Iowa Adults, TS-1101, 2012. Transportation, Department of


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Iowa’s traffic safety culture is influenced by laws and policies, enforcement methods, driver education, roadway engineering, and drivers’ behaviors. The Center for Social and Behavioral Research at the University of Northern Iowa was contracted by the Iowa Department of Transportation to conduct a general population survey of adult Iowans. Telephone interviews were conducted with 1,088 adult Iowans from October to December 2011. A dual-frame (cell phone and landline) sampling design was used. The interview covered a wide range of traffic safety topics (e.g., traffic safety policies, enforcement techniques, and distracted driving). Most Iowans said driving in Iowa is about as safe now as it was 5 years ago; however, one-fourth said driving in Iowa is less safe now. There are a number of driving-related behaviors many adult Iowans consider serious threats to traffic safety and never acceptable to do while driving. Yet, many Iowans report often seeing other drivers engaging in these behaviors and admit engaging in some themselves. For example, nearly 1 in 5 adult Iowa drivers said they have sent or read a text message or email while driving in the past 30 days despite this being prohibited since July of 2011. A slight majority said they support using cameras on highways, interstates, and city streets to automatically ticket drivers for speeding, with even stronger support for red light cameras. A comprehensive approach to traffic safety in Iowa is required to encourage protective factors that enhance traffic safety and reduce the impact of detrimental factors.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Culture (Social Sciences), Distraction, Highway Safety, Surveys, Traffic law enforcement, Traffic safety,
Subjects: Transportation
Transportation > Traffic safety
Transportation > Drivers
Transportation > Law and policies
ID Code: 18838
Deposited By: Leighton Christiansen
Deposited On: 06 Feb 2015 12:38
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2015 12:39
URI: https://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/18838