The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety recently published alarming statistics
about driver safety. It found that 87 percent of all drivers engage in
one high-risk behavior, such as using a cell phone behind the wheel.
The survey polled 2,442 licensed drivers ages 16 and older who reported
driving in the past 30 days. The respondents were asked about their attitudes
and behaviors related to driver safety, including driving while distracted,
impaired driving, drowsy driving, speeding, running red lights, or not
wearing a seatbelt.
“There is a culture of indifference for far too many drivers when
it comes to road safety,” said Peter Kissinger, President and CEO
of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “The vast majority of
motorists believe they are more careful than others on the road, though
most of them are not making safe decisions while behind the wheel.”
The survey results are particularly concerning in light of the National
Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) recent report of
traffic deaths. As we previously discussed, NHTSA’s preliminary
estimates project a nine percent increase in driving fatalities for 2015.
The AAA Foundation also found that one in three drivers have had a friend
or relative seriously injured or killed in a crash. In addition, one in
five have been involved in a crash that was serious enough for someone
to go to the hospital. Below are the survey’s findings regarding
several common unsafe behaviors:
Distracted Driving: More than 2 in 3 drivers (70 percent) report talking on a cell phone while
driving within the past 30 days. Nearly 1 in 3 drivers (31 percent) report
doing this fairly often or regularly.
Speeding: Nearly half of all drivers (48 percent) report going 15 mph over the speed
limit on a freeway in the past month, while 15 percent admit doing so
fairly often or regularly.
Drowsy driving: Nearly 1 in 3 drivers (32 percent) say they have driven when they were
so tired they had a hard time keeping their eyes open in the past 30 days.
More than 1 in 5 (22 percent) admitted doing this more than once during
Red light running: More than 1 in 3 drivers (39 percent) admit to having driven through a
light that had just turned red when they could have stopped safely during
the past 30 days. About 1 in 4 drivers (26 percent) reported doing this
more than once during that time.
Seatbelt use: Nearly 1 in 5 drivers (18 percent) report driving without a seatbelt within
the past 30 days, and more than 1 in 7 (15 percent) admit to doing this
more than once.
Impaired driving: More than 1 in 8 motorists (13 percent) report driving when their alcohol
level might have been near or over the legal limit within the past 12
months. About nine percent of drivers report doing this more than once
over the past year.
If you or someone you care about has suffered serious injury in a motor
vehicle crash, don’t hesitate to contact
a San Diego injury lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free
consultation. After a serious car accident, we can advocate on your behalf
to help hold the negligent party accountable for their actions and seek
the compensation you deserve.