The latest AXA European Road Behaviour Survey study involved interviews with 800 drivers in Ireland and other countries from Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. The survey examined driver’s responses to key questions on road safety and driving behaviours in general. The survey showed that 92 per cent of Irish drivers find drink driving dangerous, ranking the highest versus an EU average of 78 per cent.
This survey also showed 8 out of 10 Irish drivers feel safer on our roads and 1/3 think that their driving behaviour has improved in the last two years. These results show us that Irish drivers are aware of the dangers associated with driving. Irish drivers feel that our driving behaviour is improving due to the balance of awareness and education coupled with law enforcement.
8 out of 10 Irish drivers stated that accident prevention is very important, this compares positively to 7 out of 10 for the EU average but only 5 out of 10 for Belgium and France – 49 per cent of Irish drivers feel that drivers should be more severely punished for traffic offences compared with 28 per cent in France
However the research shows up some interesting differences with our European neighbours: – Only 6 per cent of Irish drivers admit to having been fined or have received penalty points in the past year (mostly for speeding), this compares to 24 per cent in Germany, 23 per cent in Switzerland, 21 per cent in Belgium and 7 per cent in the UK.
Twice as many Irish drivers (29 per cent) surveyed admitted to answering the phone without a hands-free kit, which compares poorly to the UK score of 14 per cent. – 87 per cent of NI drivers felt that Provisional licence holders should not drive unaccompanied compared with 60 per cent in ROI. In Germany there is no provision for anyone other than full licence holders to drive.