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AAA: Drivers Becoming Less Concerned about Risky Driving Habits

AAA: Drivers Becoming Less Concerned about Risky Driving Habits

risking driving studyAccording to AAA, Americans have become less concerned about dangerous driving habits in recent years. This fact seems astounding, especially considering there has been a 5.3 percent increase in traffic fatalities within the last year.

AAA recently announced their findings from a four year study of public surveys. The foundation’s president and CEO had the following to say regarding the findings:

“Motorists may be growing more and more complacent about potential safety risks behind the wheel. A ‘do as I say not as I do’ attitude remains common with many motorists who consistently admit to engaging in the same dangerous behaviors for which they would condemn other drivers.”

The following are findings discovered through AAA’s study:

  • The number of people who felt running a red light was unacceptable declined to 70 percent in 2012 while 77 percent of individuals thought it was unacceptable in 2009. Furthermore, 38 percent of study participants admitted to running a red light sometime within the previous month.

  • The number of individuals who feel texting or emailing while driving is a serious threat declined from 87 percent in 2009 to 81 percent in 2012. The amount of participants who admitted to texting while driving was 26 percent.

  • The number of surveyed individuals who feel driving while drowsy is a serious threat has decreased to 46 percent in 2012 from 71 percent in 2009.

  • Those individuals who believe driving after drinking is a serious problem declined to 69 percent in 2012 from 90 percent in 2009.

What does this mean for highway safety?

Obviously, with a more callous attitude permeating the culture in regards to various dangerous driving habits, there is reason to worry when it comes to roadway safety. AAA director Jake Nelson feels there is more that still must be done to ensure a decrease in aggressive, drowsy and drunk driving, which is still far too prevalent.

How can the common apathy be challenged?

Anne Ferro Administrator of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration feels to combat the rising trend of apathy a new culture of safety must be developed. Education must be implemented to once again help individuals understand how harmful these driving habits can become.

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