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Drug drivers our biggest worry on the roads

Thursday, 3rd Aug 2017

South Australians are concerned about the behaviour of other drivers on the road, with driving under the influence of drugs our major worry, according to the RAA Insurance Crash Report.

RAA Insurance Claims Manager, Hayley Cain said drug and drunk drivers were clearly our greatest worry.

“When it comes to the behaviour of other drivers, the top concerns for the majority of our survey respondents are drivers under the influence of drugs (93 per cent) and alcohol (92 per cent),” said Ms Cain.

“Not only is it dangerous, but it is illegal to be in control of a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

“A person who causes a crash while performing an illegal act is liable for any harm or damage caused.”

Data from DPTI reveals that of the drivers and riders killed in the past five years (2012-2016), 37% had either tested positive to drugs or had an illegal alcohol level, or in some cases they had a combination of both.

RAA Senior Manager Road Safety Charles Mountain said it’s understandable that road users would be concerned about the actions of others behind the wheel.

“This issue is obviously of great importance to road users, and we hope the State Parliament keeps this in mind as it considers increased penalties for drug driving during its current review of the legislation,” said Mr Mountain.

“As road users, we must remember that we make a choice as to whether or not we’re capable of getting behind the wheel, not only for our own safety but for the safety of others.

“Passengers also have a clear choice to never allow a family member or friend to drive, or to get in the car with them, if they are affected by alcohol or drugs.”

Concerns by driver behaviour*

  1. Under the influence of drugs (93%)
  2. Under the influence of alcohol (92%)
  3. Erratic drivers (86%)
  4. Unlicensed drivers (85%)
  5. Driving an unregistered vehicle (83%)
  6. Tailgating driver (82%)
  7. Uninsured driver (80%)
  8. Speeding driver (76%)

*RAA Insurance Crash Report - RAA Insurance surveyed 1146 members who have made a motor vehicle related insurance claim.

For a summary of Key Findings from the RAA Insurance 2017 Crash Report click here.

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