Drivers' perceived legitimacy of enforcement practices for sleep-related crashes: What are the associated factors?

Watling, Christopher N. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1440-2401 (2018) Drivers' perceived legitimacy of enforcement practices for sleep-related crashes: What are the associated factors? Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 54. pp. 34-38. ISSN 1752-928X

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Abstract

The purpose of traffic law enforcement is to deter risky driving behaviours. The aim of this study was to examine the individual factors of demographic, personality constructs, and attitudes for their association with perceived legitimacy of traffic law enforcement of sleep-related crashes. In total, 293 drivers completed a survey that assessed perceived legitimacy of enforcement and attitudes towards sleepy driving, as well as individual factors of demographic, personality and risk taking factors. The results demonstrate that younger drivers, drivers with higher levels of extraversion, and those with tolerant attitudes towards sleepy driving were less likely to agree that it is legitimate to charge someone if they crash due to sleepiness. The attitudes towards sleepy driving variable had the largest association with perceived legitimacy. Thus, the factors associated with perceived legitimacy of traffic law enforcement of sleep-related crashes are multifaceted. Overall, the findings have relevance with attitudinal and behaviour change programs, particularly with younger drivers.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: No Faculty
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Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2022 05:17
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2022 03:57
Uncontrolled Keywords: Attitudes; Driver sleepiness; Perceived legitimacy; Personality; Risk taking; Traffic law enforcement
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1702 Cognitive Sciences > 170202 Decision Making
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170113 Social and Community Psychology
16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160201 Causes and Prevention of Crime
Fields of Research (2020): 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5204 Cognitive and computational psychology > 520402 Decision making
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4402 Criminology > 440201 Causes and prevention of crime
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): B Economic Development > 88 Transport > 8801 Ground Transport > 880109 Road Safety
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920409 Injury Control
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200408 Injury prevention and control
28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology
27 TRANSPORT > 2703 Ground transport > 270311 Road safety
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jflm.2017.12.005
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/46482

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