Dutch motorists admit to aggressive driving

26th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

26 July 2004 , AMSTERDAM — Some 70 percent of Dutch motorists sometimes drive aggressively and more than 50 percent have in the past broken the speed limit, a survey indicated on Monday.

26 July 2004

AMSTERDAM — Some 70 percent of Dutch motorists sometimes drive aggressively and more than 50 percent have in the past broken the speed limit, a survey indicated on Monday.

Research bureau De Vos & Jansen also said that Dutch motorists admit to not indicating when turning, overtaking from the right-hand lane, parking incorrectly and tailgating.

It said just 22.5 percent of respondents claim to have never broken the traffic law, newspaper De Telegraaf reported.

Vos & Jansen publishes research results on mobility three times every year. Its latest survey was conducted on assignment from a company connected with mobile telephone technology, Your Personal Call Assistant.

The results of the latest survey are noteworthy because the bureau's previous research indicated that 40 percent of Dutch motorists are most irritated by aggressive driving.

The survey respondents said that the best method to crackdown on aggressive driving is to introduce a points-based licence, in which motorists lose points for every breach of regulations. Lose too many points and you forfeit your licence.

After earlier objections, Transport Minister Karla Peijs threw her weight behind a demerit-based driving licence system in March, bowing to demands from a parliamentary majority.

Meanwhile, the survey respondents also said that good driving should be rewarded. They also called for more extensive traffic checks and tougher penalties.

[Copyright Expatica News 2004]

Subject: Dutch news

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