Shock results in Dorset driving survey

Dorset Echo: Shock results in Dorset driving survey Shock results in Dorset driving survey

MORE than half of motorists surveyed in Dorset do not believe speeding is dangerous.

And one in six people admitted to getting behind the wheel when they were unsure whether they were over the drink-drive limit.

Around 850 people across Dorset voluntarily completed a set of questions for Dorset County Council about their own road safety behaviour. The council wanted to find out what Dorset residents think are key road safety priorities, their perceptions of the acceptability of certain behaviours and their own self-reported behaviour.

The top five most important issues that Dorset residents think the Government should address are, in order: 1. Drink driving 2. Speeding 3. Mobile Phone use (handheld) 4. Careless driving 5. Drug driving Although almost all respondents agreed it is unacceptable and dangerous to drive when over the legal alcohol limit, more than 40 per cent knew of people who they thought had done so. Worryingly, one in six people admitted to have driven themselves when unsure if they were over the limit and four even admitted to driving at some time when they knew they were over the limit.

Although speeding is cited as one of top issues to address, more than half of respondents did not agree that it was dangerous. The survey suggests it is the behaviour most frequently self reported with more than half of the respondents admitting to doing the following at some point: • Driving at 40mph in a 30mph speed limit area • Exceeding the speed limit on a country road • Driving at 90mph on a motorway when there is no traffic about Using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving was considered the third most important road safety issue to be addressed. A greater proportion of younger respondents aged 17-24 were more likely to admit to using a mobile phone for texting and to consider it socially acceptable than other age groups.

The survey results suggest the older and more experienced the driver, the more dangerous and socially unacceptable they consider it to be; however, half of all those questioned knew of people who had used a hand held mobile phone while they drive to make or take calls or to send or read texts.

Peter Finney, Dorset County Council Cabinet member for environment and economy, said: "Although this survey is only a snapshot, it's interesting to see the discrepancy between what the Dorset public think are priorities for Government to tackle, i.e. drink-driving and speeding, and their own self reported behaviour. We are very grateful to all those who took part in the survey which has given the road safety team a lot to consider for the future in terms of how our safety campaigns should be targeted."

As an incentive to complete the online survey, there was a prize draw which was won by Pete Bull, from Bournemouth. He was picked at random from the entries and received £30 worth of vouchers to spend in Halfords.

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2:22pm Fri 2 May 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Will the Echo tell us exactly when this survey was done or is this report another space filler, taken from the archives with the intent of increasing website 'hits' so that they can increase the rates to advertisers?
Will the Echo tell us exactly when this survey was done or is this report another space filler, taken from the archives with the intent of increasing website 'hits' so that they can increase the rates to advertisers? IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 4

4:02pm Fri 2 May 14

shy talk says...

Start Date: Thursday 20th February 2014. End Date: Friday 28th March 2014.

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Start Date: Thursday 20th February 2014. End Date: Friday 28th March 2014. https://consultation tracker.dorsetforyou .com/00,consultation ,11858,330,00.htm shy talk
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4:36pm Fri 2 May 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

shy talk
Thanks but one wonders why it has taken the Echo so long to publish these 'Shock results'.
If the results are deemed to be important, perhaps they should have been front page news.
shy talk Thanks but one wonders why it has taken the Echo so long to publish these 'Shock results'. If the results are deemed to be important, perhaps they should have been front page news. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: -1

5:35pm Fri 2 May 14

dorsetspeed says...

"MORE than half of motorists surveyed in Dorset do not believe speeding is dangerous."

And they are right. I'm sure this will surprise many, but "inappropriate speed" WITHIN the limit is a factor in just as many road deaths and serious injuries as "speeding" (above the speed limit). So anyone thinking that because they are driving within the limit they are safe is sadly deluded.

This is proof that the obsession with speed limits has been nothing but a dangerous distraction, and that if you want to avoid killing or seriously injuring someone, you are better to keep your eyes on the road, look, anticipate, watch for hazards or where they may come from and use position, distance, and speed (often far below the limit) so that you can stop safely within the space visible and available in front of you, to make collision with anything virtually impossible.
"MORE than half of motorists surveyed in Dorset do not believe speeding is dangerous." And they are right. I'm sure this will surprise many, but "inappropriate speed" WITHIN the limit is a factor in just as many road deaths and serious injuries as "speeding" (above the speed limit). So anyone thinking that because they are driving within the limit they are safe is sadly deluded. This is proof that the obsession with speed limits has been nothing but a dangerous distraction, and that if you want to avoid killing or seriously injuring someone, you are better to keep your eyes on the road, look, anticipate, watch for hazards or where they may come from and use position, distance, and speed (often far below the limit) so that you can stop safely within the space visible and available in front of you, to make collision with anything virtually impossible. dorsetspeed
  • Score: 10

6:28pm Fri 2 May 14

westbaywonder says...

Yeah "SWOOP DOWN TO YOUR NEAREST DORSET ECHO RETAILER FOR SHOCK RESULTS" LOL
Yeah "SWOOP DOWN TO YOUR NEAREST DORSET ECHO RETAILER FOR SHOCK RESULTS" LOL westbaywonder
  • Score: 3

8:26pm Fri 2 May 14

Sigurd Hoeberth says...

Speeding is perfectly safe, it's coming to an abrupt stop that isn't.
Speeding is perfectly safe, it's coming to an abrupt stop that isn't. Sigurd Hoeberth
  • Score: 6

9:09pm Sat 3 May 14

whatever66 says...

i think they should all be made to take there cbt in order to make them more bike aware and then take a full weeks course driving in London or Birmingham as most of the people that have a licence should not be on the roads
i think they should all be made to take there cbt in order to make them more bike aware and then take a full weeks course driving in London or Birmingham as most of the people that have a licence should not be on the roads whatever66
  • Score: 2

9:33am Sun 4 May 14

pj1 says...

Not really shock results, are they?
You only have to drive short distances to see the dreadful standard of driving which is the norm for Dorset. The majority of people on Dorset's roads appear to be oblivious to everything around them the moment they get behind the wheel. The danger is compounded by the fact that the majority of drivers enjoy the hallucination that they are "very good" pr "excellent" drivers.
I agree with the comments that speed in isolation - which is easy to measure, so easy to enforce- is not a real safety issue. Driving like a moron at 29 miles an hour can kill people. Driving with strict attention to the road and awareness of what is going on around you at 79 mph is not necessarily dangerous.
But minor traffic offences are detected crimes, and we must meet the targets.
Not really shock results, are they? You only have to drive short distances to see the dreadful standard of driving which is the norm for Dorset. The majority of people on Dorset's roads appear to be oblivious to everything around them the moment they get behind the wheel. The danger is compounded by the fact that the majority of drivers enjoy the hallucination that they are "very good" pr "excellent" drivers. I agree with the comments that speed in isolation - which is easy to measure, so easy to enforce- is not a real safety issue. Driving like a moron at 29 miles an hour can kill people. Driving with strict attention to the road and awareness of what is going on around you at 79 mph is not necessarily dangerous. But minor traffic offences are detected crimes, and we must meet the targets. pj1
  • Score: 4

7:39am Mon 5 May 14

southwellman says...

The chief of police in Dorset states that it is for our safety and not revenue collection. So how can they then park at the bottom of hills to catch motorist who are a few miles over the limit.. What do they want us to do? we all watch the speedo and take our eyes off the road so we don't get a fine.. yep that's promoting safety.
The chief of police in Dorset states that it is for our safety and not revenue collection. So how can they then park at the bottom of hills to catch motorist who are a few miles over the limit.. What do they want us to do? we all watch the speedo and take our eyes off the road so we don't get a fine.. yep that's promoting safety. southwellman
  • Score: 1

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