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US Drivers Regularly Engage in Numerous Dangerous Behaviors, According to Survey

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A recently-released survey shows that many US drivers’ attitudes on safe driving can be summarized with “do as I say, not as I do.” While drivers almost universally disapprove of certain behind-the-wheel behaviors, even going so far as to acknowledge that they’re a serious safety threat, many of these same drivers commit these behaviors on a regular basis. Read on to learn about common unsafe driving behaviors, and contact a New Jersey personal injury attorney as soon as possible if you’ve been injured by a negligent driver.

The newly-released data was obtained via a survey conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The survey used the responses of over 2,000 drivers, aged 16 and up, all of whom had been behind the wheel in the past 30 days. The survey sought to uncover these drivers’ opinions of unsafe driving habits and safety laws, as well as their own driving habits.

According to the AAA Foundation’s report, drivers largely agree on what constitutes an unsafe driving practice. For example, nearly 96% of all drivers agree that driving while very drowsy is unsafe and unacceptable. However, almost 30% of all drivers reported having driven while almost too tired to keep their eyes open within the past 30 days. Likewise, almost 97% of drivers saw driving drunk as a serious threat, but about 15% admitted that they had driven while near or over the legal blood alcohol limit in the past year. Over 2% of all drivers surveyed said they had driven drunk or nearly drunk in the past 30 days. Still, 81% of drivers support requiring that DUI-convicted drivers have an ignition interlock device installed on their vehicles, and nearly 72% of drivers would support mandatory ignition interlocks on all new vehicles.

Drivers are even more contradictory about driving while distracted. Surprisingly, 42% of all drivers said they would support a law banning cell phone use—either handheld or hands-free—while behind the wheel, and 88% support laws banning texting while driving. Despite 81% of drivers seeing texting while driving as a serious threat, 40% of drivers admitted to reading a text or email while driving in the past month, and 31% reported having typed a text message in the same time span.

If you’ve been injured by a careless or distracted driver in New Jersey, seek legal help with your claim for money damages by contacting the seasoned and capable personal injury lawyer Andrew R. Jacobs for a consultation, at 973-532-9681.

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