South Australians are concerned about the behaviour of other drivers on the road, with driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol the biggest worry, according to the Royal Automobile Association of South Australia (RAA).

In the RAA’s Insurance Crash Report, almost all respondents said they were concerned about drivers under the influence of drugs (93%) and alcohol (92%).

“Not only is it dangerous, but it is illegal to be in control of a vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” said RAA Insurance Claims Manager, Hayley Cain. “A person who causes a crash while performing an illegal act is liable for any harm or damage caused.”

Data from the Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure reveals that of the drivers and riders killed in the past five years (2012-2016), 37% had either tested positive to drugs or had an illegal alcohol level, or in some cases they had a combination of both.

Concerns by driver behaviour:

  • Under the influence of drugs (93%)
  • Under the influence of alcohol (92%)
  • Erratic drivers (86%)
  • Unlicensed drivers (85%)
  • Driving an unregistered vehicle (83%)
  • Tailgating driver (82%)
  • Uninsured driver (80%)
  • Speeding driver (76%)