One in three people in the US has been affected by road trauma, with a loved one either killed or seriously injured as the result of a collision.
Furthermore, one in five has been involved in a serious collision themselves, from which one in ten experienced a serious injury.
But despite these statistics, many drivers admit that they haven’t altered their behaviour while behind the wheel.
This is the finding from the latest Traffic Safety Culture survey published by the American Automobile Association (AAA), which found drivers continue to engage in risky behaviour.
Of the drivers surveyed, 36 percent said they run red lights yet 55 percent agreed that this was a serious threat to safety and 73 percent said it was unacceptable.
Around 65 percent said exceeding the speed limit by 10 MPH (16km/h) or more was unacceptable, but 44 percent admitted they commit the offence.
Figures for fatigued driving show 81 percent think the practice is unacceptable while 27 percent admit they do it, and a similar percentage agree mobile phone use behind the wheel is unacceptable with 27 percent saying they send texts or emails while on the move.
Drivers were split on the use of hands-free speech devices while driving, with 66 percent saying they are unacceptable yet 46 percent say they aren’t distracting.
“It is very disappointing that we continue to see a prevailing attitude of ‘do as I say, not as I do,’ where large numbers of motorists seem to recognise the risks of certain behaviours but do them anyway,” AAA’s Peter Kissinger said.
“Enhancing the safety culture in society must begin with each individual.”
Western Australia’s RAC found a similar attitude among young drivers in Australia, with 85 percent rating their driving as ‘good’ or ‘excellent’, but 65 percent believed 16-25 year-olds were responsible for the most road collisions.
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