The city of Edmonton wants input on the traffic safety culture in the city, by participating in the Traffic Safety Culture Survey.
Senior research coordinator with the city of Edmonton’s office of traffic safety, Laura Thue says the purpose of the survey is to determine people’s attitudes, concerns, perceptions and behaviors related to traffic safety.
“This gives us a sense of what the current traffic safety culture is like, it helps us to identify problems out there where we need to concentrate our efforts, and help us to develop solutions for the problems that we find.”
The city conducted the survey back in 2014 and while some of the results weren’t surprising, like seeing drivers who are talking on a phone and driving as dangerous, Thue says there was some surprises.
She says a lot of those surveyed see other drivers as the problem and not themselves.
“They may feel that, you know, other people shouldn’t talk on their phone while driving, but I can do it because I’m capable of doing it I’m a good multi-tasker so I’m not actually being unsafe. So there tends to be this idea that I’m a good driver, I’m a better driver than everybody else and it’s really all those other people out there that are the problem.”
The survey is part of the city’s plan in achieving Vision Zero.
Vision Zero is the city’s long term vision for zero fatalities and serious injuries on the roads.
Thue says one step towards that is realizing that if you engage in dangerous driving, you’re part of the problem.
“Pointing the blame saying it’s other drivers that are the problem, or drivers pointing at pedestrians and pedestrians pointing at drivers or what have you, doesn’t really get us very far. So we kind of have to get away from that blame game and each play our role and do our part to work together to achieve this outcome of Vision Zero.”
There’s both an online and telephone component that will be available until July 8th.