Are Fort Myers Drivers Becoming Apathetic About Dangerous Behaviors on the Road?

by Carmen Dellutri on September 10, 2013

Cape Coral car accident attorneyWhile traffic deaths are rising, drivers are less concerned about dangerous driving behaviors such as impaired, drowsy or aggressive driving, according to a new study by AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. As Fort Myers injury attorneys, the findings are alarming, particularly given that deadly car crashes are on the rise.

There were more than 34,000 traffic fatalities in 2012, which represents a 5.3 percent increase. That was the first yearly increase in seven years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

“Motorists may be growing more complacent about potential safety risks behind the wheel,” said Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “A ‘do as I say, not as I do’ attitude remains common with many motorists consistently admitting to engaging in the same dangerous behaviors for which they would condemn other drivers.”

Some of AAA’s specific findings include:

  • Drivers who think driving after consuming alcohol is a serious threat plummeted from 90 percent in 2009 to 69 percent in 2012.
  • Drivers who believe drowsy driving a very serious threat decreased from 71 percent in 2009 to 46 percent in 2012.
  • Drivers who consider texting or emailing behind the wheel to be a very serious threat declined from 87 percent in 2009 to 81 percent in 2012.
  • Drivers who regard red-light running to be completely unacceptable declined from 77 percent in 2009 to 70 percent in 2012. More than one-third of those surveyed acknowledged running a red light in the last month.

The AAA Foundation study did not speculate as to what may be behind the changing attitudes. However, we are hopeful that future studies may examine how to reverse this concerning trend.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Fort Myers accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Fort Myers injury attorneys for a free consultation.

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