The Value of Remorse: How Drivers’ Responses to Police Predict Fines for Speeding

@article{Day2011TheVO,
  title={The Value of Remorse: How Drivers’ Responses to Police Predict Fines for Speeding},
  author={Martin V. Day and M. Ross},
  journal={Law and Human Behavior},
  year={2011},
  volume={35},
  pages={221-234}
}
After they stop drivers for exceeding the speed limit, police often have the discretion to alter the penalty. We investigated the degree to which extra-legal factors (apologies and other verbal responses), in addition to speed over the limit, predict ticket costs for speeding. Surveys of speeders were conducted in the U.S. and Canada. The data suggest that what people say to police matters. Participants who reported statements of remorse, e.g., “I’m sorry,” received lower fines for speeding… Expand
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