• Hannah Phillips

Dangerous Driving Puts Everyone at Risk

A large number of motorists across South Australia have admitted to putting lives at risk by undertaking dangerous driving practices, according to a new survey from the state's peak motoring body, RAA.

More than half (54%) of motorists surveyed by RAA Insurance admitted to driving when“too tired’’, while almost 30% said they have intentionally broken the speed limit before.

Alarmingly, 13% of people also admitted to getting behind the wheel despite being potentially over the legal alcohol limit.

RAA Insurance Claims Manager Hayley Cain said the survey results highlighted the need for drivers to take responsibility for making the streets safer.

“Risk-taking behaviour compromises everybody’s safety, from the drivers to their passengers and other road users.

“Crashes can be caused by such reckless behaviour and people can be killed or suffer serious injuries as a result," she said.

15 people were killed due to drowsy driving in 2016, while almost a quarter of those killed in fatal crashes the same year were over the legal limit.

Speeding was also a contributing factor in an estimated 29% of fatal crashes between 2011 and 2015.

Tailgating was the most common complaint among the almost 500 motorists surveyed, with 65% of people reporting they had been a victim of tailgating.

Ms Cain said the response was: “very concerning because tailgating is dangerous and contributes to the fact that rear-end crashes are the most common type of collision on our roads.’

“From an insurance point of view, the driver who rear-ends another vehicle is considered at fault,’’ she said.

People are reminded to follow road rules and not practice dangerous driving at all times, to ensure the safety of themselves and others.

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