Boston uses peer pressure to encourage good driving

| 6/8/2007

In many cases, peer pressure has negative consequences. Officials in Boston, however, are hoping it will do something to improve the driving habits of that city’s residents.

The Boston Globe reports that City Councilor Robert Consalvo introduced a proposal this week that would urge the city’s notoriously aggressive drivers to sign an oath swearing they will obey traffic laws at all times.

Those drivers would also be given bumper stickers to put on their cars urging others to sign the oath.

The Globe reported that other cities have tried the program, but with limited success. In Greensboro, NC, for example, the program has been up and running since 2003. To date, only 77 residents participate.

Those numbers don’t scare Consalvo, however. He told The Globe that “by having a visible decal, (participants) are in essence acting as moving speed bumps.”