New survey data suggests that Americans are much less worried about drunk, aggressive and drowsy driving than they were four years ago, even though traffic deaths have begun to edge back up. The percentage of people who say they believe texting or emailing while driving is a very serious threat declined only slightly over the same period. More than 80 percent of those surveyed consider texting while driving a “completely unacceptable behavior,” but one in four people admit doing so recently.
The study is conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. They’ve been doing these surveys of U.S. residents aged 16 and older since 2008.
Almost all drivers reported that it is completely unacceptable for a driver to get behind the wheel of a car after they have had too much to drink. However 11-14% of respondents admitted to driving when they thought their blood alcohol level was above the legal limit.
Almost all drivers said driving when someone is so tired they can barely keep their eyes open is unacceptable, yet one in 4 admit to having done so in the past 30 days.