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Itasca, IL – With motor vehicle deaths increasing substantially, the National Safety Council identified some of the top driver behaviors and beliefs that put all roadway users at risk and increase the likelihood of being involved in a crash. Compiled through NSC surveys conducted over the last 12 months, the alarming driver habits and opinions could help partially explain why deaths are rising and underscore the importance of raising awareness, particularly in April which is Distracted Driving Awareness Month.
"Most Americans recognize risky drivers on the roadways, but they are not adopting safer behaviors themselves," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. "The notion that bad things happen to other people, but will not happen to us when we are distracted behind the wheel, is akin to playing Russian roulette."
Some of the top distressing things drivers do – or believe they can do – include:
The Council observes Distracted Driving Awareness Month each April to remember the thousands lost each year to preventable crashes. Visit nsc.org/ddmonth for information and resources.
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