The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (FTS) released the 2017 Traffic Safety Culture Index (TSCI) public opinion online survey, which examined the opinions, beliefs, and values of people in the United States in regards to road safety. Specifically, the survey contained questions about distracted driving, risky and aggressive driving behavior, such as speeding, drowsy driving, and both alcohol- and drug-impaired driving. The questionnaire was completed by 2,402 participants aged 19 years and older and 972 participants aged 16 to 18 years.
Results highlighted the disconnect between what drivers perceive as safe driving behaviors compared to their actions on the road. Most drivers (96.8%) believed texting or emailing was a bigger safety risk than talking on a cellphone (87.7%). Despite perceiving texting or emailing as a safety risk, 44.9% of participants stated they had read a text message or email while driving and 34.6% indicated they had typed and sent a message. Regardless of the discrepancy in responses, participants showed a high level of support for safety countermeasures. A majority (87.6%) of respondents supported a law prohibiting reading, typing, and sending a text message while driving.
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety (2018). 2017 Traffic Safety Culture Index. AAA Foundation, Washington, D.C.