Accession Number : AD0730095

Title :   Accidents, Police Incidents, and Weather. A Further Study of the City of Fort Worth, Texas, 1968.

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.,

Corporate Author : TEXAS CHRISTIAN UNIV FORT WORTH INST OF BEHAVIORAL RESEARCH

Personal Author(s) : Sells,S. B. ; Will,Donald P. , Jr

Report Date : JUL 1971

Pagination or Media Count : 34

Abstract : The study extends and replicates an earlier investigation of dependencies between meteorological variations in the city of Fort Worth, Texas for the first half of 1964 and frequencies of nine categories of incidents recorded by the Police Department Radio Dispatcher. Eleven weather measures collected at Carswell AFB (Fort Worth) and 57 categories of police calls were collected on an hourly basis for 357 days in 1968, reduced to composites based on four six-hour quarters of each day, and intercorrelated separately by quarter-days. Four weather factors were replicated across all four quarters. Of these, the first two, defined as (I) Precipitation-fog, and (II) Temperature-pressure accounted for significant variance in a number of the dependent police variables. With the exception of accidents, which were highly positively related to Factor I, most of the 20 significant correlations with this factor were negative, indicating reduced frequencies in 'bad' weather. Most of the 46 significant correlations with Factor II were positive, suggesting a tendency for increased police work in warm, fair weather. Implications and suggestions for interpretation and further research are indicated. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*ACCIDENTS, *WEATHER), (*BEHAVIOR, WEATHER), MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENTS, POLICE, CORRELATION TECHNIQUES, ATMOSPHERIC PRECIPITATION, FOG, ATMOSPHERIC TEMPERATURE, BAROMETRIC PRESSURE

Subject Categories : Meteorology
      Psychology
      Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE