Public attitudes toward alcohol-impaired driving and speed

The Ministry of Transport has, since 1974, periodically evaluated public attitudes toward alcohol-impaired driving and other road safety issues. This survey repeated the core items from previous surveys and added extra terms relating to speed. A long term trend in the hardening of attitudes toward alcohol-impaired driving was confirmed in this survey. The public would support additional intensive enforcement action in their community against the alcohol-impaired driver. It was concluded that the public would also support a move toward random breath testing. Seventy-five per cent of respondents wanted the open speed limit to remain at 100 km/h, the same as in the previous (1985) survey. However, there was an increase in the numbers wanting it raised. A significant increase in those wanting greater tolerance applied to the enforcement of the open road speed limit was found. The new demerit points regime for speeding was either acceptable, or not severe enough to 80 per cent of respondents. About 60 per cent of persons want the minimum driving age raised to 17 years or more. There has been no change since the previous study (A).

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    New Zealand. Ministry of Transport. Land Transport Division

  • Authors:
    • Perkins, W A
  • Publication Date: 1990-10


  • English

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  • Serial:
    • Issue Number: 42

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01432254
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 047705241X
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 4:55PM