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2017 Traffic Safety Culture Index Released

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The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has released its 2017 Traffic Safety Culture Index.  This report is based on survey data about U.S. drivers’ attitudes and behaviors and can help transportation professionals and other partners to address safety problems within their community.  The index has been published annually since 2012.  The report notes that driver behavior often does not correlate with driver attitudes about risk and acceptable behavior, creating a “do as I say, not as I do” culture of driving.  For example, nearly all respondents (95.6%) said that it is unacceptable to type text messages or email while driving, but about 1 in 3 (34.6%) indicated that they had done it in the prior month.  Survey respondents reported distracted driving as being their top safety concern, and AAA urges drivers to take steps to minimize distractions, including:

  • Put aside electronic distractions and never use text messaging, email, video games or internet functions, including those built into the vehicle, while driving
  • Pre-program your GPS and adjust seats, mirrors, climate controls and sound systems before driving
  • Properly secure children and pets and store loose possessions and other items that could roll around in the car
  • Snack smart by avoiding messy foods that can be difficult to manage

For more information and resources from the AAA Foundation, visit

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