30/08/2018

Road Safety Issues Report Published

The Department for Infrastructure has published the latest report of Road Safety Issues in Northern Ireland.

The report has been produced by the Analysis, Statistics and Research Branch (ASRB) of the Department for Infrastructure (DfI), and presents findings from the 2016/2017 Continuous Household Survey (CHS). This is the first year questions set on road safety issues were included in the CHS.

The report, which surveyed more than 3,200, found that the majority of respondents (65%) said they would not travel as a passenger in a car where the driver has had one alcoholic drink; 35% stated they would.

Other key findings include:

• Just over one-quarter (27%) of respondents thought it was acceptable to drive after one alcoholic drink; while under one-fifth (19%) said they normally drive after one alcoholic drink.
News Image
• Just over one-fifth (21%) of drivers said they would normally drive the morning after they had been drinking four (for women) or five (for men) or more alcoholic drinks.

• Nine in ten respondents thought that police should have the power to seize a vehicle if a driver was driving under the influence of drink (91%) or drugs (90%).

• Over three-quarters (78%) of respondents thought a 20mph speed limit should be applied outside schools and 71% thought it should be applied to an area where children play. Half of respondents thought a 20mph speed limit should be more widely used.

• Approximately half of drivers (49%) reported they never normally exceed the speed limit; however, 44% of drivers stated they exceed the speed limit on motorways, this was followed by dual carriageways (29%) and reduced to 3% for roads in 'built-up' areas.

(MH/CM)

Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

25 June 2010
Call For Lower Drink-Drive Limit
Local doctors are calling for the Stormont Executive to consider lowering the drink drive limit to "save lives". Following this week's Daíl legislation reducing the legal blood-alcohol level from 80 to 50mg, Northern Ireland doctors said today that the law should be changed here too.
03 December 2013
PSNI Launches Winter Drink Drive Appeal
The PSNI is calling for road users to avoid drinking alcohol over the Christmas period, as it launches its annual winter drink driving appeal.
22 March 2018
Investigation Launched After Arson Attack At House In L'Derry
An investigation has been launched following an arson attack at a house in L'Derry. The attack happened at a property in the Fern Drive area of Magherafelt just after 12.30am on Monday, 20 March. A bottle containing flammable liquid was thrown through the window of the house and a fire started downstairs.
23 February 2018
Man Attacked In Strabane
A man has been attacked in Strabane, Co Tyrone. The assault happened in the Carlton Drive area between 1pm and 4.30pm on Wednesday, 21 February. The victim was assaulted during an altercation with a number of men. He sustained a broken nose and bruising, however his injuries are not believed to be life threatening.
26 November 2015
PSNI Issue Drink Drive Warning
The PSNI have issued a drink drive warning and revealed 270 people were caught over the limit last year. Assistant Chief Constable Alan Todd said: "Considering that in some instances, we stopped drivers who were so drunk, they could barely stand when they got out of their vehicle, just beggars belief.