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Americans are concerned about aggressive driving and its impact on traffic safety
A 2005 telephone survey by ABC News and The Washington Post found that out of a list of threats which “most endanger your own safety on the road,” 32% of respondents said aggressive drivers. This was the same number of responses as for drunk drivers.
The Situation (cont.)
2008 AAAFTS Traffic Safety Culture Index found 78% of those surveyed rated aggressive drivers as a serious or extremely serious traffic safety problem
Despite those concerns, nearly half of people admitted to speeding more than 15mph over the limit on major highways in the previous 30 days reflecting a “Do As I say, Not As I Do” attitude.
Defining Aggressive Driving
Tasca (2000) – “A driving behavior is aggressive if it is deliberate, likley to increase the risk of collision and is motivated by impatience, annoyance, hostility, and/or an attempt to save time.”
NHTSA – “When individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons property”
AAAFTS Definition ofAggressive Driving “Any unsafe driving behavior, performed deliberately and with ill–intention or disregard for safety, can constitute aggressive driving.”