New factors to be tested in Road Safety survey

Media Release


12 October 2017

  • Australian Government commences 2017 Survey of Community Attitudes to Road Safety
  • Survey will canvass the views of Australians on key road safety issues such as drug-impaired driving and sharing the road with heavy vehicles
  • Inaugural survey was conducted in 1986

Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Darren Chester today announced the commencement of the national survey of Community Attitudes to Road Safety, which for the first time will ask questions on drug-impaired driving and sharing the road with heavy vehicles.

Mr Chester said the 24th iteration of the survey, which dates back to 1986, would help steer policy to improve road safety across Australia.

“Results from previous surveys have revealed the major factors that people most commonly identify as being involved in road crashes are speed, inattention, drink driving, driver distraction and fatigue,” Mr Chester said.

“It will be interesting to see what the results are this time.

“In the 2017 survey, a sample of Australians will be asked questions on a range of topics, including attitudes to Random Breath Testing (RBT), roadside drug testing, speed limits and mobile phone use while driving.

“The Government is committed to improving road safety, and is also working cooperatively with state and territory governments to assess the effectiveness of the National Road Safety Strategy 2011–2020.

“Governments can't do this alone, everyone using the roads has a responsibility to drive with care.”

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