Behaviour on our streets is worsening

IT’S clear to most regular motorists that the standard of driving has deteriorated.

Drive along the Wessex Way for instance at pretty much any time of the day and you can see for yourself.

A huge number of cars going well over the 50mph limit, which may have something to do with so many speed cameras being turned off.

Tailgating is also clearly a massive problem and something that is one of the biggest causes of accidents.

Poor and inconsiderate driving can also lead to road rage incidents.

Problems, it seems, are not confined to motorists.

As we report today, a woman riding home on her bike was the victim of an attack by a pedestrian wielding crutches in Westbourne.

The full circumstances are not clear over what the pedestrian took exception to or whether it was a completely unprovoked attack.

But it’s yet another sign of deteriorating behaviour on the streets.

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12:39pm Thu 31 Jan 13

jeebuscripes says...

Love it when a newspaper writer passes off their own opinions as being 'most people's'.

Where is the reporting of good behaviour? Of people being courteous.

Of the days when there aren't roadworks or accidents or OAPs attacking attention-needy middle aged women?

It doesn't happen does it.

Also, what is a regular motorist?
Love it when a newspaper writer passes off their own opinions as being 'most people's'. Where is the reporting of good behaviour? Of people being courteous. Of the days when there aren't roadworks or accidents or OAPs attacking attention-needy middle aged women? It doesn't happen does it. Also, what is a regular motorist? jeebuscripes

1:08pm Thu 31 Jan 13

ashleycross says...

I don't agree with this at all. Tailgating is pretty uncommon now, especially now from commercial vehicles. I always let a company know if their driver is behaving like this and it is pretty uncommon. It's so easy to look companies up on google and call the owner that I can't be the only person doing this and I only now do it once in a blue moon. If it is a problem from a private car then 101 it to the police. I really can't stand grizzling-do something about it, then move on.
I don't agree with this at all. Tailgating is pretty uncommon now, especially now from commercial vehicles. I always let a company know if their driver is behaving like this and it is pretty uncommon. It's so easy to look companies up on google and call the owner that I can't be the only person doing this and I only now do it once in a blue moon. If it is a problem from a private car then 101 it to the police. I really can't stand grizzling-do something about it, then move on. ashleycross

2:33pm Thu 31 Jan 13

rayc says...

"IT’S clear to most regular motorists that the standard of driving has deteriorated."

Not to me it hasn't. The UK motorist has done a fantastic job over the last 10 years to be part of the effort to bring down the number of KSI collisions.

It is strange that in 2010 when the number of fatalities on Dorset roads was an all time low of 10 that the Police claimed it was their No Excuse Campaign to thank for it. When there were 25 fatalities in 2012, which is more than the 2009 figure and nearly three times the 2010 figure it was all down to inattentive drivers.
"IT’S clear to most regular motorists that the standard of driving has deteriorated." Not to me it hasn't. The UK motorist has done a fantastic job over the last 10 years to be part of the effort to bring down the number of KSI collisions. It is strange that in 2010 when the number of fatalities on Dorset roads was an all time low of 10 that the Police claimed it was their No Excuse Campaign to thank for it. When there were 25 fatalities in 2012, which is more than the 2009 figure and nearly three times the 2010 figure it was all down to inattentive drivers. rayc

3:18pm Thu 31 Jan 13

beachcomber1 says...

go drive in london for a week, then come back and complain about the traffic in bmth lol
go drive in london for a week, then come back and complain about the traffic in bmth lol beachcomber1

3:46pm Thu 31 Jan 13

paul.p says...

It's true, we all know it but the crux of the matter is that a lot of the drivers on the road just want to get on but just can't.

People will drive like the author says but it's no surprise when you get;

Traffic lights that don't sync properly, Over running roadworks
Fallen Trees
Flooding
Breakdowns
Minor shunts
Roads that are closed for hours by the Police maybe because of a serious RTA
Incompetent drivers
Bicycles
Slow Buses and/or lorries and the general lack of infrastructure for the whole area then add that to the pressures of trying to live and work in this country

..it all adds up.
It's true, we all know it but the crux of the matter is that a lot of the drivers on the road just want to get on but just can't. People will drive like the author says but it's no surprise when you get; Traffic lights that don't sync properly, Over running roadworks Fallen Trees Flooding Breakdowns Minor shunts Roads that are closed for hours by the Police maybe because of a serious RTA Incompetent drivers Bicycles Slow Buses and/or lorries and the general lack of infrastructure for the whole area then add that to the pressures of trying to live and work in this country ..it all adds up. paul.p

8:49pm Thu 31 Jan 13

Tripod says...

IMHO two things are combining here, 1) many road traffic offences have been de-criminalised with fixed penalty tickets. 2) as the driving test got a lot harder (which it did) the driving schools have concentrated on teaching people to pass the test rather than how to drive.
IMHO two things are combining here, 1) many road traffic offences have been de-criminalised with fixed penalty tickets. 2) as the driving test got a lot harder (which it did) the driving schools have concentrated on teaching people to pass the test rather than how to drive. Tripod

9:12pm Thu 31 Jan 13

rayc says...

Tripod wrote:
IMHO two things are combining here, 1) many road traffic offences have been de-criminalised with fixed penalty tickets. 2) as the driving test got a lot harder (which it did) the driving schools have concentrated on teaching people to pass the test rather than how to drive.
Possibly there is another in that the Government have policies in place to make driving unattractive. A lot of drivers now just see it as a chore rather than a pleasure.
My suggestion is that young and new drivers should receive a lot of incentives to continue training when they have passed their test.
[quote][p][bold]Tripod[/bold] wrote: IMHO two things are combining here, 1) many road traffic offences have been de-criminalised with fixed penalty tickets. 2) as the driving test got a lot harder (which it did) the driving schools have concentrated on teaching people to pass the test rather than how to drive.[/p][/quote]Possibly there is another in that the Government have policies in place to make driving unattractive. A lot of drivers now just see it as a chore rather than a pleasure. My suggestion is that young and new drivers should receive a lot of incentives to continue training when they have passed their test. rayc

9:19pm Thu 31 Jan 13

sammmymac says...

drive on the continent if you want to experience tailgating....the majority of drivers in the UK are courteous and careful. Obviously there are those with a death wish but luckily they are a small minority. We obey rules so much more readily than many nations.
drive on the continent if you want to experience tailgating....the majority of drivers in the UK are courteous and careful. Obviously there are those with a death wish but luckily they are a small minority. We obey rules so much more readily than many nations. sammmymac

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