Regional drivers are taking more risks

By Kyabram Free Press

KYABRAM and district drivers are being urged to be safe on the roads, with admissions of risky road behaviour significantly higher among rural road users compared to city drivers.

Despite road trauma being the number one killer of children aged 14 and under, and the second highest killer of young people aged under 24, new research has put the spotlight on the dangerous behaviours of regional drivers and the need for further education.

Released by the Australian Road Safety Foundation, the research revealed not even having children in the car was a deterrent for the region’s drivers taking risks on the road.

What’s more, one third of regional drivers admit to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, while one in four admits to speeding regularly.

‘‘While parents are most guilty of bad behaviour with children in the car, the majority of rural drivers seem to believe it is acceptable to take even greater risks if it’s just themselves in the car,’’ ARSF chief executive Russell White said.