South African drivers’ attitudes towards the law and each other are deteriorating‚ a recent study has found.
The Automobile Association (AA) survey found that about 90% of motorists believed compliance with the laws of the road had worsened over the past two years – and 75% believed the attitude of motorists towards one another had deteriorated.
About 1 000 people participated in the survey held last month. Across the country‚ results showed 88% of motorists believed adherence to the rules of the road had worsened since 2015.
“This survey again highlights that too many drivers believe road traffic laws don’t apply to them‚ which‚ when combined with what is perceived to be lower police visibility‚ is perhaps part of the reason for our country’s high road fatality statistics‚” the AA said.
“Unless driver attitudes improve‚ in addition to more effective policing‚ the carnage on South African roads will continue unabated.”