Legislative Priorities for Transportation Safety in Virginia: A Pilot Application of a Modified Delphi Technique: Final Report

Report No: 86-R10

Published in 1985

About the report:

Using a modified version of the Delphi technique, a panel of transportation safety experts developed the following list of legislative priorities for submission to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Legislative Package for the 1986 session of the Virginia General Assembly: 1. Mandatory Seat Belt Law 2. Lower the Driving Under the Influence Per Se Violation to BAC 0.10% 3. Child Restraints Extended to All Drivers, Not Just Parents 4. Revocation Package Three Measures to Facilitate the Legal Confiscation and Revocation of Drivers' Licenses 5. Eliminate Time Limit of 2 Hours for DUI Arrest 6. Prohibit Drinking While Driving 7. Provide Legal Immunity for the Virginia Crash Investigation Team (CIT) 8. Increase Penalties for Hit-and-run 9. Authorize Aerial Speed Enforcement 10. Prohibit Altered Suspensions on Pickup Trucks 11. Increase Mandatory Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program (VASAP) Participation to One Year 12. Prohibit Tinted Glass 13. Make the Refusal to Take an Alcohol Test Admissible at Trial for DUI The technique used to rank the proposals was a combination of the Delphi, nominal group, and interactive group techniques. The methodology used the feedback and multiple rounds of Delphi, the individual, anonymous voting of the nominal group technique, and the opportunity for discussion and clarification of a regular interactive session. Through this methodology, the ratings of the expert panel converged substantially around the final list of recommendations noted above.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


  • Jessica A. Ginsburg

Last updated: February 10, 2024

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