Men More Likely To Speed, Drink-drive: TAC Photo:
Mike Stevens | Aug, 25 2011 | 5 Comments

New research by Victoria's Transport Accident Commission (TAC) has found that males are more likely to drink-drive, and to speed "all or most of the time".

Surveying 900 Victorian motorists, the study showed that males are significantly more likely to drive when near or over a .05 blood-alcohol level, and to rate the risk of an alcohol-related accident as "low".

More male respondents admitted they are also more likely to speed in 60km/h and 100km/h zones. The results of the study showed that male motorists are also more likely to speed if they're confident of not being caught in the act.

Viewing speed limits as guides rather than the maximum safe speed proved a common sentiment among male respondents, while many agreed that driving up to 10km/h over the posted limit is "not really speeding" and "usually quite safe".

"It is extremely frustrating to see that despite our continuous reinforcement of the fact speed kills; there are people out there who still think it's ok to drive above the limit," TAC CEO Janet Dore.

"It seems that men in particular need to adjust their way of thinking."

Regional motorists also appear to have more relaxed attitudes to speed, with the study showing they are significantly less likely than city dwellers to drive at or below the speed limit in a 50 km/h zone.

Of the 191 fatalities on Victorian roads so far this year, 105 have occurred on roads outside metropolitan Melbourne.

Victoria's road toll currently stands at 196 - two more than for the same period last year.

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