More than half of Dorset motorists surveyed 'do not believe speeding is dangerous'

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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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1:57pm Fri 2 May 14

speedy231278 says...

Why are potholes not high on the list, they make the road surface potentially dangerous if they are unavoidable and damage a vehicle, leading to loss of control....

Speeding is not necessarily dangerous unless it is added to other circumstances such as not paying attention, driving too close, driving while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication, etc.
Why are potholes not high on the list, they make the road surface potentially dangerous if they are unavoidable and damage a vehicle, leading to loss of control.... Speeding is not necessarily dangerous unless it is added to other circumstances such as not paying attention, driving too close, driving while under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication, etc. speedy231278
  • Score: 11

2:01pm Fri 2 May 14

PokesdownMark says...

From the article: Although speeding is cited as one of top issues to address, more than half of respondents did not agree that it was dangerous.

That is very odd. I suppose it is a measure of the degree to which the speed kills mantra has become ingrained? Or perhaps it demonstrates how survey questions can influence answers to an extent that renders surveys almost completely useless?
Anyway... I don't care what the public think. I want the 'power that be' to actively gather intelligent, factual information - that is at their disposal - and come up with effective solutions. Even if those are not current practice. Get creative! Get clever! Get leading! If the evidence suggest it will help road safety, start video recording then prosecuting tailgaters and randomly testing eye-sights of drivers arriving at car parks.
From the article: Although speeding is cited as one of top issues to address, more than half of respondents did not agree that it was dangerous. That is very odd. I suppose it is a measure of the degree to which the speed kills mantra has become ingrained? Or perhaps it demonstrates how survey questions can influence answers to an extent that renders surveys almost completely useless? Anyway... I don't care what the public think. I want the 'power that be' to actively gather intelligent, factual information - that is at their disposal - and come up with effective solutions. Even if those are not current practice. Get creative! Get clever! Get leading! If the evidence suggest it will help road safety, start video recording then prosecuting tailgaters and randomly testing eye-sights of drivers arriving at car parks. PokesdownMark
  • Score: 3

2:05pm Fri 2 May 14

ben111 says...

ECHO can i ask where you got that photo , the man in question is holding a nokia 5110 which was released in 1998.
ECHO can i ask where you got that photo , the man in question is holding a nokia 5110 which was released in 1998. ben111
  • Score: 0

2:28pm Fri 2 May 14

retry69 says...

ben111 wrote:
ECHO can i ask where you got that photo , the man in question is holding a nokia 5110 which was released in 1998.
And the mobile number is ?
[quote][p][bold]ben111[/bold] wrote: ECHO can i ask where you got that photo , the man in question is holding a nokia 5110 which was released in 1998.[/p][/quote]And the mobile number is ? retry69
  • Score: 3

2:38pm Fri 2 May 14

Teddy 1 says...

Lets hope that the 'road safety team' in dorset council actually do something with these results as all they normally do is carry out these leading surveys and then not do anything as a result to show they have listened and taked positive action. The sensible thing to do is to follow this survey up with further research to demonstrate they are making a difference and the whole exercise is justified.

For the record the results shows the research to be unreliable given the contradictory results (very very poorly designed questionnaire)...I would also put moneynon the fact they forgot to ask the obvious question as to what would change their perceptions...and would they agree to attend a focus group. They could have agreed to this by emailing the council...this way, still maintaining anonymity. Pretty obvious stuff? Another missed opportunity!
Lets hope that the 'road safety team' in dorset council actually do something with these results as all they normally do is carry out these leading surveys and then not do anything as a result to show they have listened and taked positive action. The sensible thing to do is to follow this survey up with further research to demonstrate they are making a difference and the whole exercise is justified. For the record the results shows the research to be unreliable given the contradictory results (very very poorly designed questionnaire)...I would also put moneynon the fact they forgot to ask the obvious question as to what would change their perceptions...and would they agree to attend a focus group. They could have agreed to this by emailing the council...this way, still maintaining anonymity. Pretty obvious stuff? Another missed opportunity! Teddy 1
  • Score: 5

2:40pm Fri 2 May 14

Teddy 1 says...

Change their attitude, actions and perceptions..
Change their attitude, actions and perceptions.. Teddy 1
  • Score: 2

3:16pm Fri 2 May 14

muscliffman says...

Speeding can of course be a potential contributory factor in accidents, however it is likely that MOST of the driver's fined and awarded penalty points for speeding were not actually driving dangerously for the conditions at the time - they were simply breaking the 'rules'.
Speeding can of course be a potential contributory factor in accidents, however it is likely that MOST of the driver's fined and awarded penalty points for speeding were not actually driving dangerously for the conditions at the time - they were simply breaking the 'rules'. muscliffman
  • Score: 8

1:48am Sat 3 May 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

The No 1 danger in Dorset is old drivers with defective eyesight.

Meanwhile : More than half of Dorset motorists surveyed said Yes, the Moon is very likely to be made of cheese.
The No 1 danger in Dorset is old drivers with defective eyesight. Meanwhile : More than half of Dorset motorists surveyed said Yes, the Moon is very likely to be made of cheese. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 6

7:36am Sat 3 May 14

tbpoole says...

muscliffman wrote:
Speeding can of course be a potential contributory factor in accidents, however it is likely that MOST of the driver's fined and awarded penalty points for speeding were not actually driving dangerously for the conditions at the time - they were simply breaking the 'rules'.
But if you look at insurance company research it tells you that drivers with speed tickets are more likely to be involved in crashes than those never having received them.
[quote][p][bold]muscliffman[/bold] wrote: Speeding can of course be a potential contributory factor in accidents, however it is likely that MOST of the driver's fined and awarded penalty points for speeding were not actually driving dangerously for the conditions at the time - they were simply breaking the 'rules'.[/p][/quote]But if you look at insurance company research it tells you that drivers with speed tickets are more likely to be involved in crashes than those never having received them. tbpoole
  • Score: 2

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