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Drivers failing to look properly

Has anyone noticed, and I have no data to back this up other than observation, how many drivers look to see what traffic is coming from the right at junctions but entirely fail to look in the direction that they actually intent to travel and continue not looking as they turn.

So I don't know how many deaths or injuries this causes, or if it's more than well publicised distractions such as texting or other distractions, and maybe you can't legislate for stupidity - but this bad habit is getting to be really annoying as I seem to see it quite regularly. Maybe I should take pictures!

The data does show that BAD DRIVING is the number one cause of road deaths however, as the latest DfT data shows that 'Failed to look properly' was again the most frequently reported contributory factor in road accidents and was reported in 42% of all accidents reported to the police in 2011.

The The key findings from the RRCGB 2011 report also included:

  • In 2011, there were a total of 203,950 casualties of all severities in road accidents reported to the police, 2% lower than in 2010. There were 1,901 people killed, a 3% increase than in 2010 and 23,122 were seriously injured, up 2%. Motor vehicle traffic increased slightly (0.2%) over the same period.
  • The number of fatalities fell for three types of road user, with a fall of 22% for bus and coach occupants, 10% for motor cyclists, 4% for pedal cyclists. Pedestrian and Car occupants rose by 12 and 6% respectively.
  • In 2011, it is estimated 9,990 reported casualties (5% of all road casualties) occurred when someone was driving whilst over the legal alcohol limit. The provisional number of people estimated to have been killed in drink drive accidents was 280 (15% of all road fatalities).
  • The rate per billion vehicle miles for total casualties in reported road accidents and the rate of people killed or seriously injured (KSI) in 2011 were both 15% lower than the 2005-09 average. For fatalities alone, the 2011 rate was 32% lower than the average.
  • In 2011, the economic welfare cost of reported road accidents was estimated to be around £15.6 billion. 


Contributory factors to reported road accidents

Four of the five most frequently reported contributory factors involved driver or rider error or reaction. For fatal accidents the most frequently reported contributory factor was loss of control, which was involved in 34% of fatal accidents.

Exceeding the speed limit was reported as a factor in 5% of accidents, but these accidents involved 14% of fatalities. At least one of exceeding the speed limit and travelling too fast for the conditions was reported in 12% of all accidents and these accidents accounted for 25% of all fatalities.

Over 60% of fatalities in reported road accidents had driver or rider error or reaction (which included failing to look properly, loss of control and sudden braking), reported as a contributory factor leading to the accident.


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