Research Papers

Excessive Speeding in Canada: A Survey of Attitudes, Opinions and Behaviours

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Author/Auteur Kyla Marcoux, Ward Vanlaar, Robyn Robertson, Paul Boase


In Canada, it is estimated that over 20% of collisions involve excessive speed or driving too fast for conditions. Such collisions have resulted in over 850 fatalities and over 3,500 serious injury collisions on Canadian roads in 2006. The objective of this paper is to describe and interpret the results from a survey about excessive speeding with the goal of providing useful information pertinent to this issue. The data were gathered by means of a public opinion poll among a representative sample of 1,238 Canadian drivers. The interview was administered by telephone to a random sample of Canadian drivers by Opinion Search Inc., in September, 2007. Criteria for inclusion were having a valid driver’s licence and having driven in the past 30 days. Data were weighted according to region, gender and age to avoid bias. Univariate frequency distributions, their 95% confidence intervals, and Chi-square statistics were calculated taking account of the stratified and weighted sampling design. Also, multivariate logistic regression was used, accounting for the design effects of the sampling design. Results show that more than two thirds of Canadians view excessive speeding as a very important road safety issue. Despite this high level of public concern about the issue, an estimated 5.4 million Canadians admitted to driving well over the posted speed limit. Also, about 80% of all Canadians indicated that they often to very often see other drivers exceeding the speed limit. Canadians who are concerned about the issue are less likely to report driving well over the speed limit; however, 20% of Canadians who are concerned about speeding still admit to it. An estimated 895,200 drivers on Canadian roads had to brake or steer to avoid a crash due to excessive speeding. The majority of these drivers reported that they had to do so on more than one occasion. Despite this fact, most people who speed excessively claim to be confident about maintaining control over their vehicle. Analyses on the profile of drivers admitting to speeding excessively were conducted as well. In conclusion, any strategy to address issues related to excessive speeding will have to be sensitive to such findings. More information about those people who speed excessively is needed and a more detailed profile of them could be useful to guide the implementation of countermeasures.

Kyla Marcoux, Ward Vanlaar, Robyn Robertson, Paul Boase