“Do as I Say, Not as I Do” Attitude Among Drivers

by Katie McGraw on January 29, 2013 at 8:13 am

The AAA Foundation of Traffic Safety has some concerns with the findings of a recent survey.

They found that although drivers recognize being distracted behind the wheel is dangerous, they still are engaging in risky behaviors while driving.

Public Relations Manager for AAA, Kimberly Schwind said, "people just really know that this is wrong, they know that this is dangerous but they do it anyways. They think, ‘oh nothing is going to happen to me if I answer this call or take this text message’, but all too often we do see crashes. In fact, there is about 3,000 people killed each year and about 500,000 people injured in distracted driving related crashes on our nations roadways each year. "

AAA refers to this attitude as "Do as I Say, Not as I Do" and it remains prevalent among drivers especially for younger drivers. The foundation recognizes that something more needs to be done to help prevent distracted related car crashes.

"Well. AAA will continue to educate the public on the dangers of texting while driving but its really up to law enforcement to enforce the laws that we do have and AAA will also continue to lobby for stronger distracted driving laws, " Schwind said.

Right now in Ohio, the texting ban is a secondary offense so an officer can only cite a driver for texting after they have already pulled you over for a primary offense. AAA hopes texting will soon become a primary offense to help stop the dangerous driving.