AAA: 87% of people admit to unsafe driving

Nearly half of the surveyed drivers say they speed.

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – A new study by AAA shows around 87 percent of drivers engaged in at least one risky behavior while driving within the past month. The research was gathered by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Some of those behaviors include driving while distracted, impaired, drowsy, speeding, running red lights or not wearing a seat belt.

The statistics are staggering:

  • 70 percent of drivers reported talking on a cell phone while driving within the last 30 days.
  • 42 percent of drivers admit to reading a text message or email while behind the wheel.
  • In the last month, 32 percent of drivers claim to have typed or sent a text message or email.
  • Nearly half of drivers – 48 percent – reported going 15 mph or more over the speed limit on a freeway.
  • 32 percent of drivers say they have driven when they were so tired they almost fell asleep.
  • 13 percent of drivers said they were drunk or close to it while driving within the last month.

The report finds that 1 in 3 drivers have had a friend or relative seriously injured or killed in a crash, and 1 in 5 have been involved in a crash that was serious enough for someone to go to the hospital.

In a press release, Michelle Harris of AAA said: “We have the opportunity to make driving safer for all of us. By fully focusing on the task at hand while behind the wheel, each of us has the power to reduce the number of needless deaths and injuries on our roadways every year.” provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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