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Drivers Admit To Not Knowing If They're Over The Limit


6:54am 6th May 2014

A survey looking at road safety in Dorset has brought up some interesting results.

The study was conducted by Dorset County Council and involved around 850 people. The aim was to look at their driving habits and the issues they want to see addressed by the government.

But, there were a number of safety concerns raised in the survey, were many of the participants admitted to doing them themselves.

The top five most important road safety issues were:

1. Drink driving

2. Speeding

3. Mobile phone use (without hands-free)

4. Careless driving

5. Drug Driving

Despite this, 1 in 6 people admitted to having driven when unsure if there were over the drink-drive limit. Over half also admitted to driving at 40mph in a 30mph zone, speeding on a country road or driving at 90mph on an empty motorway.

Robert Smith, Road Safety Education Manager at Dorset County Council, said: "There's a perception that speeders are a group of drivers who go around various communities and they just speed everywhere. If you think about it, that's not true because the vast majority of people here are saying at some point they've done that.

"We're going to analyse the rest of the results. What we want to do is to use this information to add to all the evidence we have to make sure what we do in terms of publicity, education and training fits with the evidence.

"We're going to be sitting down and working very closely with the police and our engineering colleagues to see what we can do to address these issues."

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