07 Oct Risky Driving Behavior
We read the news about two teens in New Iberia……
Two teenagers are dead after a crash in New Iberia Wednesday morning.
The driver, 18, and passenger, 16, were both pronounced dead at the scene of a crash at South Port Blvd. and East Admiral Doyle at around 7 a.m.
Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal…. determined that the driver of a vehicle failed to yield at a stop sign….. That vehicle was then struck by an SUV that was headed East on Admiral Doyle.
We can say, as we read, “those teenagers….” and we can continue reading the newspaper.
“There is a culture of indifference for far too many drivers when it comes to road safety,” said Peter Kissinger, President and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
According to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, eighty-seven percent of drivers engaged in at least one risky behavior while driving in the past month. These unsafe behaviors include driving while distracted, impaired, drowsy, speeding, running red lights or not wearing a seat belt.
We can say, as we read, “I am a good driver”, and, “I am a better driver than most people on the roads”.
Is risky driving behavior and a careless “culture of indifference” related to road safety, becoming the norm for many drivers?
Risky Driving Behavior
Let us look at some facts about Louisiana drivers:
Car insurance group CarInsuranceComparison.com conducted a study ranking states using data such as number of fatalities and various traffic violations:
Louisiana comes in on the list at No. 5 for worst drivers in the nation.
Louisiana drivers also ranked as the poorest performers when it comes to obeying traffic laws, wearing seat belts and maintaining a valid driver’s license.
There are other factors, such as “ drunk driving, speeding, distracted driving and driving without seat belts also were considered when ordering the ranking.
The rankings are based on the number of fatal auto accidents per 100 million vehicle miles traveled in each state.
While he couldn’t vouch for the driving abilities of other states’ citizenry, Don Redman, spokesman for the Louisiana American Automobile Association, said Louisiana’s ranking seems plausible.
“Some of the highest insurance premiums in the country are right here in Louisiana because of those factors and others,” Redman said.
While safety in driving is an individual responsibility, Redman says distracted driving is the most common risky behavior. He says 42% or drivers admit to texting and 70% admit to being on the phone. Redman says drowsy driving is also unsafe for drivers.
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