In a survey by charity Brake and insurance company Direct Line, nearly 50% of respondents admitted to breaking driving laws, with many of them stating that they did it on purpose, and simply because they thought they could get away with it. Women are better behaved than men, if the poll results are to be believed, and a half of those that admitted to breaking the rules said they did so on purpose, while the other half said that it was inadvertent or accidental.
Of those that did break driving law on purpose, many said that they did so because they did not believe that the laws were fair or just. However, Direct Line director of motoring Rob Miles said that driving laws are there for a reason, and they are meant to keep all road users safe and out of danger. The survey also revealed that most drivers think there are more dangers drivers than safe drivers, and that the majority of drivers believe that they are safer drivers than most other people behind the wheel.
Respondents also listed the rule-breaking that they had seen the most of during the last year, with distraction, such as is caused by the use of a mobile phone, being top of the list, followed by tailgating, speeding, and dodgy overtaking manoeuvres.
Speed limits on many town roads have been reduced from the typical 30mph to a much slower 20mph. Some towns have made these changes on a wholesale basis, although the limits are typically only used on bus routes and around schools, and there have been a number of complaints regarding these restrictive laws. Campaigners point to the fact that modern cars have much more effective brakes and braking systems than they did when the Highway Code braking distances were first introduced.
Tailgating, which was one of the most commonly seen of law breaking activities, now carries a spot fine, along with hogging the middle lane of motorways, and there are continued calls for an increase in the penalties that are given to drivers who are found to have been talking or texting on their phone while driving.