Americans are less concerned about drunk driving and distracted driving than they were four years ago, according to a recent national survey conducted by AAA, despite the fact that fatalities related to auto accidents and other motor vehicle collisions actually increased last year.
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According to the AAA survey, about 81 percent of people said they considered texting while driving “completely unacceptable,” yet 1 in 4 people admitted to texting while driving at least once in the previous month. In 2009, 87 percent of those surveyed said they considered texting while driving completely unacceptable.
The number of people who said they considered driving after drinking a “very serious threat” dropped from 90 percent in 2009 to 69 percent in the most recent survey. Concerns about cell phone use while driving remained relatively unchanged, with about 58 percent of survey respondents saying they consider it a very serious threat.
Considering increased awareness about the risks of distracted driving—particularly texting and cell phone use while behind the wheel—and the fact that traffic accident deaths increased last year for the first time in six years, this results of the AAA survey came as a surprise to some.
“Motorists may be growing more complacent about potential safety risks behind the wheel,” said AAA President and CEO Peter Kissinger in an Aug. 22 Associated Press article. “A ‘do as I say, not as I do’ attitude remains common with many motorists consistently admitting to engaging the same dangerous behaviors for which they would condemn other drivers.”
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