n Acta Criminologica: Southern African Journal of Criminology - Self-reported speeding intention and expected consequences of speeding among South African drivers : an exploratory study

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1012-8093



One hundred black and 100 white male and female drivers from the Northern Province of the Republic of South Africa were interviewed in order to assess their intention to speed during the ensuing 12 months under eight different traffic conditions on a five-point Likert scale.

They also rated on similar scales possible negative consequences of speeding with regard to their probability. The highest speeding intention was found for a highway, and the lowest one for a busy shopping street. Expected negative consequences for each situation were related inversely to speeding intention but the negative correlations were low. Principal component analysis with varimax rotation revealed that speeding intention was independent of different traffic conditions and constituted a dimension of its own, whereas expected negative consequences of different traffic situations constituted the other five factors.
It is concluded that speeding must be seen as a generalised behaviour which is independent from specific situations and perceived consequences. Thus, road safety campaigns that emphasise such consequences are expected to be ineffective and instead enhanced police action is recommended as a countermeasure against speeding.

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