AAA says public less worried about dangerous driving

Car-Drunk Driving2WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 findings are based on national public opinion surveys conducted from 2009 to 2012 by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

AAA president Peter Kissinger says motorists may be growing complacent about safety risks.

Traffic fatalities rose 5.3 in 2012, totaling more than 34,000 deaths.

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    A recent study reported by Science News revealed that when people use a cell phone while driving, even with a hands free device, the brain takes away from the visual acuity to spend time on the thought processes used in hearing and speaking. In other words, your vision is slightly impaired and your brain doesn’t process visual signals properly and when you travel at 60 miles per hour or 88 feet per second, that can be a problem. There is no such thing as multi tasking.