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Australian road users nominate drink driving, speeding and fatigue as prime causes for accidents, survey says

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Drink driving, speeding and fatigue are believed to be the three main causes for road accidents across Australia, according to a new national survey.

The statistics highlight that while motorists are aware of the very real dangers on the road, they are still not heeding safety messages.

So as increased numbers take to the roads this Easter weekend Slater and Gordon urges motorists to be aware of any potentially fatal mistakes.

The national survey – commissioned by Slater and Gordon – of more than 1,000 people shows that drink driving, speeding and fatigue are believed to be the main reasons for motor vehicle accidents.

The statistics – participants could select more than one answer – showed that 75.2 per cent believed drink driving was a prime cause, followed by 62.1 per cent choosing speeding and 42.0 per cent selecting fatigue.

The survey’s state-based figures also confirmed that drink driving and speeding were the main two causes across the board, however the third-highest selection varied depending on your part of the country.

In South Australia and Victoria, drug driving was ranked third highest at 49.4 per cent and 38.5 per cent respectively, while in Queensland and Tasmania using a mobile phone while driving was at 46.8 per cent and 43.8 per cent respectively.

Other reasons given for road accidents nationally included using a mobile phone while driving (37.2%) drug driving (34.9%), inexperience (13.1%), old age (4.2%), condition of the road (4.0%) and applying makeup (1.3%).

But despite consistent warnings about the perils of this behaviour in the media, motorists still chose to take serious risks with not only their own lives but the lives of other people on the road. 

“These statistics clearly show that the public are aware of what are life-threatening hazards on roads,” Ms Panagakis said. “But frustratingly they are still choosing to ignore these very clear warning signs.”

State-based statistics can also be provided on request.