Fewer people deem drink driving unacceptable

Fewer people deem drink driving unacceptable
The number of people who deem drink driving to be dangerous and totally unacceptable has fallen, the results of a newly published survey worryingly suggest.

While the vast majority (85%) of those questioned say they completely agree that drink driving is dangerous, that proportion is 4% smaller than it was when the THINK! Biennial Survey was last undertaken in 2013. 

THINK! – the Department of Transport’s road safety website – says the answers given by drivers aged between 17 and 34 have driven the decrease in the proportion of people who consider that driving while over the legal alcohol limit or when unsure to be unacceptable.

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Just over half (51%) those surveyed – down from 63% in 2013 – say they think drink driving is one of the three road safety issues that should be given the highest priority by the Government.

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Speeding is still cited by 38% of those surveyed as one of the top three safety issues they want to be addressed.

The proportion wanting the Government to make the targeting of motorists who use a mobile phone while behind the wheel a top three priority, meanwhile, has fallen from 37% to 32%.

And while more than a quarter (28%) of those questioned in 2013 highlighted drug driving as a key issue, that proportion has fallen to 20%, the research suggests.An extra choice of ‘driving too fast for the conditions’, which wasn’t offered when the survey was last undertaken, was picked out as a key issue by 18%.

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That, says THINK!, could partially explain the smaller proportions making the other options a top three priority.

Careless driving, the survey suggests, is the fourth most important road safety issue and the proportion wanting the Government to focus on cycling safety has increased from 10% to 15%, the study’s findings show.

Reflecting that, the proportion of motorists who say they look in their mirrors for cyclists when they’re at junctions has gone up to 35%, from 30% in 2013.

However, little over one in five (21%) now say they look out for motorbikes, the proportion having stood at 30% when the survey was last undertaken.

The proportion saying they watch out for pedestrians, meanwhile, has fallen from 47% to 40%. 

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