Poll Reveals that Drivers Admit to Texting, Speeding and Running Red Lights

Posted on behalf of Pfeifer Morgan & Stesiak

on February 29, 2016

. Updated on March 23, 2022


reckless driving behaviorsA new poll by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety has revealed that 87 percent of drivers engage in at least one form of reckless driving.

Some of the unsafe behaviors drivers admitted to include distracted driving, speeding, not wearing a seatbelt and impaired driving. The results of the poll come less than a month after the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) revealed that traffic fatalities for the first nine months of 2015 were higher than that of the same period in 2014.

According to the President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, there seems to be an indifference to road safety by far too many drivers.

The report from the AAA notes that one in three drivers had a friend or relative injured or killed in an accident. Another one in five have been involved in an accident that resulted in someone having to go to the hospital. Below is a sampling of the survey results.

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Distracted Driving

  • About 70 percent of drivers admit to talking on the phone while driving in the past 30 days.
  • 42 percent of drivers admit to reading a text or email while driving.
  • 32 percent of drivers admit to texting or emailing while driving and eight percent.


  • Nearly half of all drivers admit to going 10 mph over the speed limit and 11 percent said they do so regularly.
  • Nearly half of all drivers on the highway said they went 15 mph over the limit and 15 percent said they do so regularly.

Disobeying Traffic Signals

  • 39 percent of drivers admit to having run a red light, even though they could have stopped safely.

Driving Under the Influence

  • About 13 percent of drivers admit to having driven when their blood alcohol concentration may have been near or over the legal limit in the past year.

Approximately 18 percent of drivers admitted to driving without a seatbelt within the past 30 days as well. Earlier this month, the NHTSA said that seatbelt use was at an all-time high, however, 11.5 percent of people still say they do not wear a seatbelt regularly.

Though drivers understand the dangers of distracted driving, speeding and running red lights, they still engage in these risky behaviors.

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