New statistics from the Department of Transport reveal that drivers think it’s acceptable to speed, use a mobile phone whilst driving or drive under the influence of alcohol, shocking traffic control systems specialist, TWM.
The findings have led to bosses at TWM urging local authorities to install new signage in order to warn drivers about speed, mobile phone usage and drink driving.
According to the January survey, more than 1 in 10 (13%), believe it is acceptable to drive under the influence of alcohol and almost a quarter of drivers (24%) do not know how much alcohol they can drink before being over the legal drink-drive limit.
A sizeable 21% do not believe that driving using a mobile is dangerous and a quarter (25%) believe using a mobile whilst in traffic is acceptable.
Furthermore, 40% believe it is safe to travel above the speed limit on motorways and only 20% believe speed cameras save lives with 41% believing they are there to make money.
TWM Traffic Control Systems are now encouraging local authorities to install a range of signage, including info 1000 message signs and speed control signs, that they hope will reinforce the laws of the road and reduce potentially life threating decisions being made by drivers.
Kevin Marshall, Company Director at TWM said:
“Speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol and using your mobile whilst in control of a vehicle is unacceptable, so I find it appalling that the results from this survey have revealed that some drivers find it appropriate to do so.”
“At TWM, we have a passion for developing equipment that brings enhanced road safety to both drivers and pedestrians. We are hoping that local authorities across the UK look at installing signage, such as speed control signs and our info 1000 message signs that will go someway to being a deterrent for those who choose to break the law.”
TWM’s speed control sign with alternating SLOW DOWN safety message is a vehicle activated sign that urges drivers to slow down if their car is travelling above the speed limit. The sign can alternate between two displays, a speed limit indicating “30” then a text display of SLOW DOWN.
The info 1000 message sign has the ability to display 2 pages of text, which alternate between each other for 3 seconds. The text is displayed in amber LED’s along with four LED amber corner clusters. Control of the sign is via SMS text message and can display speed warning messages as well as messages that will make drivers think twice before using their mobile or driving whilst under the influence.