HARSHER penalties for hoons and texting drivers are among the top concerns for Victorian motorists according to the results of a survey of road safety priorities.
The results of the survey have been leaked to radio station 3AW's Neil Mitchell program and reveal that educating young drivers and combating drug driving are also on the list of top priorities.
Last month, the study, coordinated by the Victorian Department of Justice and published via the Herald Sun and other newspapers, asked Victorians to specify what they believed should be priorities in tackling road safety.
A total of 16,356 valid questionnaires were processed, with participants asked to agree or disagree with 57 questions falling under 13 different road safety "themes".
The top ten specific road safety issues identified in the survey were:
* Increasing education of young drivers around road safety risks (92%);
* Repeat hoon/drink drivers should face longer bans from driving or owning a car (89%);
* Texting while driving should lead to tougher penalties (89%); Requiring repeat drug drivers to have counselling by medical professionals (89%);
* Increasing random testing for drug driving (88%);
* Increasing public awareness about the dangerous of drug driving (87%);
* Increasing penalties for drug driving (87%);
* Increasing policing of heavy vehicle driver road behaviour (such as tailgating) (85%);
* Educating older drivers on how to assess if they are safe to continue driving (85%); and
* Proving more alternative transport options for older people (85%).
The study showed that a curfew for young drivers was unpopular with Victorians, with only 28 per cent of respondents agreeing it was a good idea.
Educating drivers was the top pick in tackling young peoples' road safety, with increased policing and penalties specifically targeting young people receiving approval from 81 per cent and 70 per cent of respondents respectively.