THE vast majority of Irish motorists believe that garda enforcement of road safety laws has fallen, a new survey shows.
While most adults believe that garda enforcement has been very influential in saving lives, more resources need to be put into tackling the most dangerous behaviours.
The overwhelming majority (81pc) believe the Government should prioritise funding of An Garda Siochana to enforce road safety laws. It also shows:
* Some 79pc of people living in rural areas believe not enough enforcement is carried out.
* Of adults who drive everyday, 15pc have not passed through a garda checkpoint in the past six months. The vast majority (61pc) have not done so in the past month.
* One in three adults (32pc) witness dangerous driving "every couple of days".
* More than seven in every 10 have witnessed at least one type of errant driving behaviour – speeding, dangerous driving or mobile phone usage – once a week or more often.
* Over 40pc think the level of enforcement of road traffic laws has declined by An Garda Siochana since 2008, rising to 48pc of those who drive everyday.
The survey, which quizzed 465 adults, also asked the key influential factors in reducing road deaths.