EUROPEAN DRIVERS AND TRAFFIC SAFETY. FIRST RESULTS OF THE SARTRE (SOCIAL ATTITUDES TO ROAD TRAFFIC RISK IN EUROPE) SURVEY

This document presents the first results of the SARTRE survey on the attitudes to road safety and related behaviour of European drivers. It describes the attitudes of European drivers as a whole, and makes a comparison between countries. It focuses on what is most similar and most different between countries. Over 17,000 drivers were interviewed in 15 countries, using the same questionnaire and methodological rules. Drivers were found to have a moderate perception of road risk; their concerns about road accidents were comparable to their concerns about pollution and crime, but varied between countries. About 36% of the drivers said that they liked to drive fast, and speed was perceived as the second causal factor of accidents, after drink and driving. Attitudes to drinking and driving seem to vary according to sociocultural drinking habits. 75% of the drivers favoured compulsory wearing of seat belts in cars. Differences in driving habits between countries seemed to be small. There was strong and widespread support for extensive safety measures, though significant antagonism to some measures in some countries. The report's main recommendation is that European public opinions on safety should be regularly obtained and analysed, to understand their evolution, fluctuations, and variations.

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  • Publication Date: 1994

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  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: 282 p.

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  • Accession Number: 00726653
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • ISBN: 2-85978-214-1
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 28 1996 12:00AM