NHTSA to test in-vehicle technology on speeders

May 13, 2010

Researchers for the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration are requesting (.pdf file) approval to conduct a pilot study that would examine the impact of in-vehicle speed warning devices on drivers with a history of speeding violations.

According to the notice, NHTSA is seeking public comment and approval from the Office of Management and Budget to conduct the study on 80 drivers to examine their speed patterns and speeding behavior. Researchers are most concerned with habitual speeders and aggressive drivers who pose a higher safety risk to other motorists because countermeasures, such as license suspensions and fines, are not effective deterrents.

Pending OMB approval, debriefing of participants is expected to begin in October and run until all participants complete the on-road portion of the study in March 2011. Comments on the study must be submitted by July 12.