We know cell phone use while driving can be deadly, just as we know driving impaired, driving while drowsy and driving aggressively also can have severe consequences. Despite knowing these driving behaviors are dangerous, Americans apparently are growing less concerned about them.
A survey released by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety showed Americans are less likely to perceive a serious threat from dangerous driving behaviors such as drunk, aggressive or drowsy driving. The study also showed a decrease in the perceived risk of texting or emailing while driving.
Among the findings of the four-year survey:
- The number of people who believe driving after drinking is a serious threat declined from a near universal 90 percent in 2009 to 69 percent in 2012.
- The number of people who consider drowsy driving a very serious threat declined from 71 percent in 2009 to 46 percent in 2012.
- The number of people who believe texting or emailing while driving is a very serious threat declined from 87 percent in 2009 to 81 percent in 2012. The number of people who admit to texting while driving increased from 21 percent to 26 percent during the same period.
- The number of people who consider red-light running to be completely unacceptable declined from 77 percent in 2009 to 70 percent in 2012. More than one-third (38 percent) admitted to running a red light within the previous month.