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The Northern Ireland Road Safety Monitor 2013

The Northern Ireland Road Safety Monitor 2013 was published 29 October. Part of a series of research monitors on attitudes to road safety issues in Northern Ireland, it highlights the key findings of the research carried in the most recent Omnibus survey. The report provides an understanding of the attitudes, awareness and behaviour of respondents to specific road safety issues. For the 2013 survey, the topics chosen were Mobile Phones, Drinking and Driving, School Buses, Pedestrians and Fatigue. Key points in the report include: Drinking and driving was largely opposed by respondents of the survey with 69% stating that it was not acceptable to drive after one drink and 95% stating it was not acceptable to drive after two drinks. 22% would drive after having one drink (down from 25% in 2012). 23% of drivers who drink alcohol said that they would normally drive the morning after an evening on which they had been drinking 4 (for women) or 5 (for men) or more alcoholic drinks, this is lower than the level reported in 2012 (30%). 85% of respondents surveyed agreed that the police should be able to stop people at random and breathalyse them for driving under the influence of alcohol (similar to the response in 2012 (87%). Drivers who drink alcohol said the top three penalties which would discourage them from driving if over the legal limit were ‘that you might kill or seriously injure someone else’ (76%), ‘being disqualified for a minimum of 12 months’ (63%) and ‘that you might kill or seriously injure yourself’ (62%). Drink driving (88%) and drug driving (84%) were the two most frequently cited circumstances when respondents thought the police should have the power to seize a vehicle. Respondents perceived the three most important factors in causing injuries or deaths on our roads as people speeding (78%), carelessness on the roads (61%) and people driving after drinking (59%). The three principal causation factors recorded in police collision data for the actual number of people killed or seriously injured in Northern Ireland for 2012 were excessive speeding having regard to conditions (12%), inattention or attention diverted (9%) and driver/rider impaired by drugs/alcohol (8%). 82% of respondents stated that TV advertising was one of the most important factors in creating an awareness of road safety. Just over a quarter of respondents rated news and documentaries on TV and Radio (26%), penalties for breaking the law (26%) and a friend or relative involved in a collision or near miss (26%).

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