Mike Stevens | Feb 23, 2012

New figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) this week reveal that noisy cars and dangerous drivers are at the top of the nation's list of neighbourhood annoyances.

Drawn from data collected between July 2010 and June 2011 for the Crime Victimisation Survey, the figures show that 59 percent (10 million) of adults perceive at least one "social disorder" issue in their neighbourhood.

A huge 35 percent of respondents (5.8 million) said that noisy cars are a problem in their neighbourhood, followed closely by dangerous driving at 34 percent, or 5.7 million people.

Western Australia ranked the highest for noisy driving as a problem, at 40.3 percent, while Tasmanians felt most strongly about dangerous driving, at 36.4 percent.

The results follow a spike in complaints to Environment Protection Agency (EPA) in Victoria, rising from 4489 in 2010 to 6644 complaints in 2011.

In the survey, rowdy behaviour ranked a distant third, with 19.6 percent of respondents considering it a problem in their area.

Other issues included offensive language (19.5), loitering in groups (18.8), graffiti (17.3) and public drunkenness (16.7).

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