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Publication Number: FHWA-HRT-05-078
Date: November 2005

Driver Attitudes and Behaviors at Intersections and Potential Effectiveness of Engineering Countermeasures

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APPENDIX A. PARTICIPANT SCREENER

PRELIMINARY RESPONDENT SCREENER FOR FOCUS GROUPS

Note to Recruiter: Group 1 will consider only male drivers under the age of 35; Group 2 will consider only female drivers under the age of 35; Group 3 will consider drivers of both sexes between the ages of 35 and 55; Group 4 will consider drivers of both sexes over the age of 65. Recruit 12 respondents for a maximum of 10.

Hi, my name is ( ) and I’m calling about a study sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation. All persons selected for the study will be paid $75 for participating in a two-hour group session. During the session, you will be asked to talk about yourself, your driving behaviors and motivations in intersections, and your attitudes and feelings about other drivers when they encounter intersections.

It is important to be honest both when you are answering our questions today and, if you agree to participate, when you are sharing in one of our groups. Please understand that all of our questions are strictly for research purposes and there are no right or wrong answers. The group will be scheduled on ( 2004) and will be held at ( p.m.). Before I continue, are you interested in participating? (If yes, continue; if no, thank and terminate).

Now, I have to ask you several questions to determine if you are eligible to be part of the study.

OR I need to obtain some information from you to determine your eligibility for the study.

1.What is your age?

  ( ) under age 18; thank and terminate

  ( ) consider for Group 1 (male), Group 2 (female)

  ( ) consider for Group 3 (both male and female)

  ( ) thank and terminate;

  ( ) 65+; consider for Group 4 (both male and female)

2.Have you participated in a focus group or other research study in the past six months?

  ( ) no; continue

  ( ) yes; thank and terminate

3.How long have you lived in the area?

  ( ) more than three years; continue

  ( ) less than three years; thank and terminate

4.Do you work for the department of transportation or work in any auto safety-related profession?

  ( ) no; continue

  ( ) yes; thank and terminate

5.Do you own an automobile, SUV, or pickup truck?

  ( ) yes; continue

  ( )no; thank and terminate

6.Have you driven during the past week?

  ( ) yes; continue

  ( ) no; thank and terminate

7.In the past week, have you had to make a left turn at an intersection in which you felt the conditions for turning were a little risky (e.g., a lot of oncoming traffic, or didn’t have a full view of the roadway, etc.)?

  ( ) yes; continue

  ( ) no; thank and terminate

8.In the past month, have you either intentionally or unintentionally entered an intersection while the traffic light was red or just turned red? [Note: For older groups use yellow as alternative if needed.]

  ( ) yes; at least 4, no more than 6 per group; continue

  ( ) no; at least 4, no more than 6 per group; continue

9.In the past six months, have you experienced any hazardous driving situations (e.g., crashes, close calls, traffic tickets, etc.) at an intersection?

  ( ) yes; at least 4 per group; continue

  ( ) no; continue

10.Are you married (not separated), widowed, or divorced?

  ( ) yes; at least 4, no more than 6 per group; continue

  ( ) no; at least 4, no more than 6 per group; continue

11.Do you have any children under the age of 20 years old? (omit for group 4)

  ( ) yes; at least 4, no more than 6 per group; continue

  ( ) no; at least 4, no more than 6 per group; continue

Participant’s Name: ________________________________
Address :________________________________
Telephone:________________________________
Group Assignment:________________________________

 

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