BEND, OR -- Despite a rising number of fatal crashes across the country, a large number of drivers admit to engaging in dangerous driving habits within the past month. Marie Dodds, with AAA Oregon says a new study by the AAA Foundation reveals a culture of indifference for too many drivers. "The sheer number is very disturbing because, if 87% of drivers admit doing these things, you know there are more but don’t admit it. And, these risky and unsafe behaviors include things like distracted driving, impaired driving, drowsy driving, speeding, running red lights or not wearing your seatbelt."
And, she tells KBND News, they know better. "There have been great education efforts and every driver knows they shouldn’t drive while impaired, should not run red lights. But, drivers still do these things. And, our study shows that many drivers have a ‘do as I say not as I do’ attitude." These are the same drivers, she says, that get upset when others doe the same thing. "It’s ok for them to do those risky behaviors, but they don’t want you to do it."
Read more on the impacts of driving while distracted.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reports a 9% rise in fatal traffic crashes nationwide in 2015; and that stat is more than double at 20%, in the Pacific Northwest. The vast majority of those were due to driver inattentiveness.