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PEPPER - 2006 - 2008

Police Enforcement Policy and Programmes on European Roads


Starting Date: March 2006

Completion Date: August 2008

The objective of the PEPPER project is to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the police enforcement of road traffic. The project looks critically at all relevant aspects of enforcement, such as target behaviours, the detection of infringements, administrative and legal handling after infringement, decisions concerning the volume, location and timing of enforcement, effects of enforcement on road user behaviour and accidents, enforcement methods and tools, collection of enforcement data, and enforcement in the social context. Speeding, drink driving and use of seat belts are especially targeted. The need for improved enforcement data and better understanding of the impacts is recognised, and the potential of innovative technologies in the different links of the enforcement chain is studied. The work is organised in five work packages (WP).

WP1 (Strategic, legal, administrative and social context of TLE) studies the role of enforcement in traffic safety policies, and analyses the roles of different stakeholders. The results indicate how the enforcement chain could be strengthened.

WP2 (Model for enforcement data collection systems and associated pilots) develops models for strategic enforcement monitoring databases. The results serve the development of enforcement methods and monitor-ing and planning of enforcement.

WP3 (Innovative technologies and approaches for improving compliance with traffic laws) studies the pos-sibilities and cost benefit ratio of modern machine vision and communication technologies in enforcement.

WP4 (Good practices in traffic enforcement) defines good practices in traffic enforcement by studying current practices, producing scientific estimates of the effectiveness and efficiency of different enforcement methods, assessing monitoring and evaluation methods and surveying current realities in TLE.

WP5 (Dissemination) concentrates on spreading the results across relevant stakeholders in Europe. To en-sure maximum penetration and easy access, the results are disseminated also in targeted seminars, on CD-rom and in the internet, in addition to more conventional media. New member states are especially targeted to.

The consortium includes leading European road safety research institutes and the European traffic police.