Dangerous signs in TAC survey More drivers are willing to break laws
AN increasing number of Victorians believe they should be able to exceed road speed limits, according to the Transport Accident Commission’s annual survey of the state’s motorists.
The TAC this week released findings from the 2017 Road Safety Monitor, a survey of 1742 Victorians, which shows fewer people support a ‘low tolerance’ approach to speeding.
Some 35 per cent of respondents believed drivers should be able to drive up to 105km/h in a 100km/h zone, a proportion which has risen from 24 per cent in 2013.
Similarly, 13 per cent of respondents believed driving up to 65km/h in a 60km/h zone was acceptable, compared with eight per cent in 2013.
TAC chief executive officer, Joe Calafiore, said speed remained one of the biggest factors causing death and serious injuries on Victorian roads.
“The majority of Victorians are law-abiding motorists and understand the dangers of speeding, even at low levels,” Mr Calafiore said.
“While our research shows the majority of people don’t speed at all, an increasing proportion of motorists
6% admitted to speeding at least half the time in 60km/h zones, and 9% speeding at least half the time in a 100km/h zone;
33% had used their mobile phone illegally while driving in the preceding knew or thought they were over the legal blood alcohol limit;
Of the 9% who reported taking recreational drugs, 18% admitted to driving a vehicle or riding a motorcycle soon after (equating to 2% of all motorists).
34% reported that they had driven while drowsy in the preceding three months. still see low-level speeding as acceptable.
“We understand that some in the community would like to drive faster, but we can never value a couple of minutes in reduced travel time ahead of our lives and the lives of others.”
Mr Calafiore said the risk of crashing and being seriously injured or killed increased with even small increments in travel speed.