Only 15% of drivers report other drivers' inappropriate behaviour to the police
15% of drivers have witnessed inappropriate behavior of other drivers on the road and reported it to the police, while 61% choose not to report it. Another 24% of drivers state that they have never witnessed inappropriate behavior by other drivers, according to the "Carlsberg 0.0 Responsible Driving Index". The study confirms that men are much more likely to witness inappropriate behavior and are also more active in reporting it to the police. 18% of men and 12% of women admit that they tend to report to the police.
Aggressive driving, driving under the influence, overtaking maneuvers in unauthorized areas, speeding or, on the contrary, holding up traffic are just a few examples of what can be considered inappropriate driving. Trends show that drivers who witness such situations post photo or video evidence on social media, however, the percentage of cases reported to the police is still low.
"Latvian drivers are often too tolerant of inappropriate behavior of other drivers. In cases where we witness violations or inappropriate behavior in general, we must not stand aside, it must be reported to the police. It is the indifference and non-involvement of other road users that contributes to the feeling of permissiveness in some drivers, which often leads to very sad consequences and "black" statistics," says Jānis Vanks, head of the Safe Driving School.
Analyzing the results by region, we can conclude that drivers from Riga (20%) and Kurzeme (19%) report to the police most often, while drivers from Latgale (11%) and Vidzeme (10%) do it least often. The State Police has implemented several campaigns to reduce situations of inappropriate behavior on the roads, such as aggressive driving, but the drivers themselves must also change their habits and stop being tolerant of such drivers.
Jānis Vanks explains that "inadequate behavior on the road is not just disregarding the permitted driving speed. It can manifest itself in a variety of ways, for example, not showing a turn signal, rapidly changing lanes, not giving way, not stopping at a pedestrian crossing, etc. By documenting the incident and reporting it to the police, we can contribute to the development of a culture of responsible driving.
"Carlsberg 0.0 Responsible Driving Index" is a study of the non-alcoholic beer "Carlsberg 0.0" made in cooperation with the Safe Driving School and Research Center Norstat. 1,000 Latvian residents aged 18 to 74 participated in the study, which was conducted in April. The study was conducted with the aim of promoting responsible driving and understanding of what creates additional risks on the roads and how to prevent them.