Dan­ger­ous signs in TAC sur­vey More drivers are will­ing to break laws

Myrtleford Times - - News -

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.

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