2015 Traffic Safety Culture Index

In 2008, the AAA Foundation conducted the first Traffic Safety Culture Index, a nationally-representative survey, to begin to assess a few key indicators of the degree to which traffic safety is valued and is being pursued. This report presents the methods for the AAA Foundation’s eighth annual Traffic Safety Culture Index and summarizes major national-level results. As in previous years, this Traffic Safety Culture Index finds that Americans do value safe travel and desire a greater level of safety than they now experience. They perceive unsafe driver behaviors such as speeding and impaired driving as serious threats to their personal safety and generally support laws that would improve traffic safety by restricting driver behavior, even when such laws would restrict behaviors they admit to engaging in themselves. As in previous years, the survey also highlights some aspects of the current traffic safety culture that might be characterized most appropriately as a culture of indifference, in which drivers effectively demonstrate a “Do as I say, not as I do” attitude. For example, substantial numbers of drivers say that it is completely unacceptable to drive 15 mph over the speed limit on freeways, yet admit having done that in the past month. Additional topics include: impaired driving, cell phone use, texting, speeding, red-light running, drowsy driving, seat belt use, and helmet use.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 37p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01597450
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 1 2016 11:28AM