Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


2004 survey of public attitudes to road safety

2 November 2004

2004 survey of public attitudes to road safety released

What do New Zealanders really think about drink-driving, speeding, police enforcement and the state of their roads? The answers, including regional results, are in the 2004 survey of public attitudes to road safety, released today by the Land Transport Safety Authority.

The 2004 survey is the latest in a series that began in 1974 and have been conducted annually since 1994. Face-to-face interviews with respondents representative of the New Zealand population aged 15 and over are conducted in towns, cities and rural areas throughout the country in May and June of each year. This year 1,640 people were interviewed, 1,440 of whom held drivers' licences. The survey is carried out by trained National Research Bureau interviewers, and each interviewer's work is checked and audited by NRB supervisors.

As in years past, the 2004 survey showed strong support for police enforcement, with 90% of respondents saying police effort into catching people breaking road safety laws should remain at current levels (50%) or be increased (40%). Just eight percent said there should be less police enforcement.

Speed and alcohol are widely acknowledged as major road safety problems. The once commonly-held attitude that speeding and drink-driving are not risky if the driver is careful has steadily lost currency since the introduction of the Police/LTSA road safety enforcement and advertising campaign in 1995. In 1995, 24% said there wasn't much chance of a crash when speeding if the driver was careful, and 13% thought the same was true for drink-driving. In 2004 the proportion holding that view has fallen to 15% for speeding and 7% for drink-driving.

Attitude survey two of two

The 2004 survey also confirms the continued support of the silent majority of New Zealanders for the enforcement of speed limits. Seventy-seven percent of those surveyed agreed that enforcing the speed limit helps to lower the road toll. Fifty-nine percent of respondents said they believe speed cameras are operated fairly, and 56% said they would support the use of hidden cameras, compared with 28% opposed and 16% neutral.

The 2004 public attitudes survey also shows a very high level of support for road safety advertising and publicity, with 92% saying it should be increased or remain at current levels, and just seven percent saying it should be decreased.

The survey also questions drivers about their perception of the design and standard of the roads they drive on. In the 2004 survey just 10% of New Zealanders described the design and standard of the roads they normally use as 'very safe', while 72% think their usual roads are 'fairly safe' and 18% described them as unsafe.

Other survey results show that 76% of New Zealanders agree that compulsory breath testing helps to lower the road toll and 90% agree that automatic loss of licence is a fair penalty for driving 150km/h on the open road. Twenty percent of drivers admitted they had driven while 'slightly intoxicated' during the past 12 months, 19% had received a speeding ticket, 96% said they always wore a seatbelt when driving on the open road and 92% always buckled up when driving in town.

Public attitudes surveys are one of several measures (including crash data and surveys of road user behaviour) used in the evidence-based evaluation of road safety programmes in New Zealand. Full details of the survey can be found on the LTSA website at http:// http://www.ltsa.govt.nz/publications/public-attitudes/2004.html


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Scoop 3.0: How You Can Help Scoop’s Evolution

Entering into its third decade of operation, the Scoop news ecosystem is set to undergo another phase of transformation and evolution.

We have big plans for 2018 as we look to expand our public interest journalism coverage, upgrade our publishing infrastructure and offer even more valuable business tools to commercial users of Scoop. More>>


Speaking Of Transport: Public Engagement On Wellington Scenarios

“Our work on possible solutions for Wellington’s transport future is ongoing, but has progressed to the stage where we’re ready to share our ideas with the public and seek their feedback to help guide our next steps...” More>>


Parental Leave: National's Time-Sharing Change Fails

National has proposed a change to the Parental Leave and Employment Protection Amendment Bill that would allow both parents to take paid parental leave at the same time, if that is what suits them best. More>>


Train Free Thursday: Workers Strike To Defend Terms Of Employment

"They signed up to these conditions a year ago when they got the contract for Wellington's rail services. Now they're trying to increase profits by squeezing frontline workers." More>>


Seclusion: Ombudsman Emphasises Importance Of Monitoring

Disability Rights Commissioner Paula Tesoriero says that while there have been changes to the Education (Update) Amendment Act 2017 to prohibit the use of seclusion, the report is an important reminder of the importance of regular monitoring of schools. More>>


United Future History: "All Good Things Must End"

'We’re extremely proud of what we’ve achieved over the past 15 years, working alongside the government of the day, both National and Labour.' Mr Light told members on Monday. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On The TPP Outcome, And The Hobbit Law

Somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member countries gathered in Vietnam have announced a deal in broad principle, shunted aside until a later date the stuff on which they don’t agree, and declared victory. More>>

Agreeing To Differ: Greens Maintain Opposition To TPPA
“The Green Party has long opposed the TPPA. The new proposed deal, which came out of the weekend’s talks, still contains key ISDS concessions to corporations that put our democracy at risk, so our position remains the same,” said Green Party trade spokesperson Golriz Ghahraman. More>>


Monitoring Report: A New Chapter For Children’s Rights In New Zealand?

The Children’s Commissioner is calling on the country to embrace children’s rights to ensure their overall well-being. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election