The newest annual report released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety indicates that while nearly 1 in 3 drivers have a friend or relative who has been seriously injured or killed in a car accident, many still continue to drive carelessly.
This is despite many indications in the 2014 Traffic Safety Culture Index these drivers know better.
The survey was conducted using a sample of more than 2,700 licensed drivers. Researchers discovered while many knew someone who had been affected by a bad car accident or had even personally been harmed, they continued to engage in behaviors like texting while driving, operating a vehicle while fatigued, running red lights and speeding.
The pattern indicates one the foundation has noted in previous surveys: A "Do As I Say, Not As I Do" attitude held by many motorists. For example, while 55 percent of drivers say red light running is a very serious threat, and 73 percent deemed it totally unacceptable, more than one-third of drivers conceded they had done so themselves in the last month. When it came to speeding more than 10 miles-per-hour above the speed limit, more than 45 percent of drivers indicated it was a serious threat and 65 percent said it was totally unacceptable. And yet, nearly half of all drivers admitted they had done it themselves in the last month. Driving while distracted was another major issue. While 79 percent reported engaging in such behavior was a very serious threat to their own safety and 85 percent indicated it was totally not acceptable, nearly 30 percent said they had done it in the last month.
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