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(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
Researchers at the Israel Police Traffic Division
together with a group of psychology students from Rupin College are
conducting a study on the psychology of drivers in an effort to create
a tool that will help traffic officers identify dangerous motorists.
an interview with The Jerusalem Post
on Tuesday, Ch.-Supt. Eran
Finesmesser, head of the Traffic Division's research section, explained
the workings of the proposed system.
"Right now we are in the midst of conducting research to help
build a system that will analyze every driver's driving record and help
the officers in the field decide how to behave with the specific driver
standing in front of them," said Finesmesser.
"The idea is to take the relevant driving history and apply it
to an artificial intelligence program that will present the officer
with an evaluation of the driver's prior behavior and the risk he or
she presents on the road."
The student's job is to conduct a review of all the
studies published on dangerous driving behaviors and out of that, draw
out the indicators that make up a profile of a dangerous driver.
"These include character traits like impulsiveness, inability
to defer gratification, risk-taking tendencies and tendency to express
rage," said Finesmesser.
then take existing models for gauging violent tendencies, like the ones
that the police use to identify likely cases of spousal abuse, combine
them with our national traffic violations database and our national
accident report database and synthesize them to give an evaluative
reading of each and every driver and their likelihood to pose a risk,"
Finesmesser explained that when someone is caught committing a
serious traffic violation, they go to a hearing before a traffic
officer, either in the field or at a police station. That officer has
access to the driver's driving record, which shows every traffic
offense the driver has committed since receiving their license.
It is then up to the officer to decide how to proceed; they can
decide to take away the license, to confiscate the vehicle, to fine the
driver, to arrest him or to let him off with a warning.
"This system will give the hearing officer a valuable tool for
determining the likelihood that a given driver will offend again. It
will show only the relevant offenses and provide an intelligent
evaluation of the risk he or she presents.
"The reading will be presented graphically on the officer's
computer as a 'danger gauge,' with the meter pointing to the red if
there is a serious concern of risk," said Finesmesser. "This minimizes
the room for error and will help make sure that a first-time offender
isn't punished too severely or that a repeated dangerous offender will
be let off the hook."
Finesmesser said that they hope to have a working pilot project
ready to go by the end of 2010. When complete, the system will be the
first of its kind used by traffic police anywhere.
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