Blind Haste: As Light Decreases, Speeding Increases

Item Type Journal paper
Abstract

Worldwide, more than one million people die on the roads each year. A third of these fatal accidents are attributed to speeding, with properties of the individual driver and the environment regarded as key contributing factors. We examine real-world speeding behavior and its interaction with illuminance, an environmental property defined as the luminous flux incident on a surface. Drawing on an analysis of 1.2 million vehicle movements, we show that reduced illuminance levels are associated with increased speeding. This relationship persists when we control for factors known to influence speeding (e.g., fluctuations in traffic volume) and consider proxies of illuminance (e.g., sight distance). Our findings add to a long-standing debate about how the quality of visual conditions affects drivers’ speed perception and driving speed. Policy makers can intervene by educating drivers about the inverse illuminance‒speeding relationship and by testing how improved vehicle headlights and smart road lighting can attenuate speeding.

Authors de Bellis, Emanuel; Schulte-Mecklenbeck, Michael; Brucks, Wernher; Herrmann, Andreas & Hertwig, Ralph
Journal or Publication Title PLOS ONE
Language English
Subjects social sciences
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
HSG Profile Area Global Center for Customer Insight
Refereed Yes
Date 3 January 2018
Publisher PLOS
Place of Publication San Francisco, California, US
Volume 13
Number 1
Number of Pages 1
ISSN 1932-6203
ISSN-Digital 1932-6203
Publisher DOI https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0188951
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Emanuel De Bellis
Date Deposited 12 Jan 2018 12:36
Last Modified 06 Jul 2020 21:32
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/253288

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de Bellis, Emanuel; Schulte-Mecklenbeck, Michael; Brucks, Wernher; Herrmann, Andreas & Hertwig, Ralph (2018) Blind Haste: As Light Decreases, Speeding Increases. PLOS ONE, 13 (1). ISSN 1932-6203

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