American drivers’ attitudes towards certain reckless driving behaviors have become more relaxed over the past four years, according to a recently released report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. This study, which involved surveying nationwide drivers over a period of four years, specifically found the following:
- Individuals who considered driving while intoxicated to be dangerous dropped from about 90 percent in 2009 to approximately 69 percent in 2012.
- Although driving while excessively tired has been proven by various studies to be just as risky and dangerous as driving while intoxicated, in 2012, only 46 of the study’s respondents considered this to be dangerous behavior – as opposed to more than 70 percent of respondents who found it to be dangerous in 2009.
- While, from 2009 to 2012, there was a 6 percent decrease in the number of respondents who found texting or emailing when driving to be a risky behavior, there was a 5 percent increase in the number of respondents who admittedly texted while driving.
- The general attitude of many of the study’s respondents was “do as I say, not as I do,” with many of them acknowledging that they frequently engage in dangerous driving behaviors despite the fact that they warn others not to do so.
These findings are alarming because:
- About 1 in every 3 traffic accidents deaths that occur each year in the U.S. are caused by drunk drivers.
- Approximately 30 percent of fatal truck accidents are caused by truck drivers driving while they are fatigued.
- More than 3,000 people are killed and more than 500,000 are injured in motor vehicle accidents caused by distracted driving each year in the U.S.
- Such a relaxed attitude towards reckless driving behaviors is likely to lead to more people practicing these behaviors, which, in turn, can increase the risk of serious car accidents.
Douglas County Car Accident Attorneys
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