watch out for those four-wheelers.
to a recent study, most of them are speeding or eating behind the
wheel, and some even take time to read a quick book – all while
sharing the road with you.
study involved a poll conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research
Inc. and designed to measure driver’s attitudes about safety. It
was commissioned by AAA, Partners for Highway Safety and Volvo Cars
of North America.
findings clearly show that almost every driver has engaged in a
risk behavior at least once in the past six months,” Brad Coker,
who directed the poll for Mason-Dixon, said in a statement. “In
fact, more than 90 percent nationwide freely admitted it.”
percent say they have engaged in at least on activity recently identified
as risky by road experts. Among the results:
- 71 percent
say they speed;
- 59 percent
eat while they drive;
- 37 percent
use a cell phone when they drive;
- 30 percent
say they have run a red or yellow light;
- 28 percent
do not wear a seat belt;
- 26 percent
don’t signal when they turn;
- 14 percent
say they have read while driving.
substantial majority (72%) of American drivers say that it is ‘acceptable’
to drive 5 miles over the posted speed limit,” the study’s authors
wrote. “And 2 out of 10 say that speeding 10 miles over the posted
speed is acceptable behavior.”
behaviors identified by the people responding to the poll are among
the top reasons cited by experts for traffic crashes and fatalities,
according to the study.