A recent report conducted by Triple A shows that dangerous driving is on the rise throughout the state including speeding, red light running, drowsy driving, and driving impaired on cannabis or alcohol. The rise in driving behaviors was shown between 2020 to 2021.
The highest increase was among drivers who admitted to getting behind the wheel after drinking enough alcohol and believed they were over the legal limit. The increase was 24% higher between 2020 and 2021.
“The privilege of driving comes with great responsibility, which some motorists are not taking seriously,” said Jake Nelson, AAA’s director of traffic safety advocacy and research. “Fortunately, we know that reinforcing safe behavior with someone we know can influence them to change, so on our next ride with a passenger, let’s show them how it’s done safely. Together we can move closer to zero traffic deaths.”
AAA recommends these safety tips to keep in mind:
- Out of sight, out of mind. Stow your smartphone away, turn it to airplane mode, or activate call/text blocking features like Apple’s Do Not Disturb.
- Slow down. Drivers tend to overestimate the time saved by speeding. Speed kills and isn’t worth the cost.Stay alert. Stop driving if you become sleepy because you can fall asleep anytime. Fatigue impacts reaction time, judgment, and vision.
- Drive sober. If you consume marijuana or alcohol, then don’t drive. If you are taking potentially impairing prescription medications, discuss with your doctor or pharmacist how best to stay safe AND healthy behind the wheel.
- Buckle your seat belt for every ride. It doesn’t matter where in the vehicle you are seated. A properly worn seat belt is the most effective way to survive a traffic crash.