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AAA Foundation

• Established in 1947• 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit• Research affiliate of AAA/CAA• North American Focus

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Mission

• Identify traffic safety problems• Foster research that seeks

solutions• Disseminate information and

educational resources

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Funded through the generosity of

and its members

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The Situation

• Americans are concerned about aggressive driving and its impact on traffic safety

• A 2005 telephone survey by ABC News and The Washington Post found that out of a list of threats which “most endanger your own safety on the road,” 32% of respondents said aggressive drivers. This was the same number of responses as for drunk drivers.

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The Situation (cont.)

• 2008 AAAFTS Traffic Safety Culture Index found 78% of those surveyed rated aggressive drivers as a serious or extremely serious traffic safety problem

• Despite those concerns, nearly half of people admitted to speeding more than 15mph over the limit on major highways in the previous 30 days reflecting a “Do As I say, Not As I Do” attitude.

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Defining Aggressive Driving

• Tasca (2000) – “A driving behavior is aggressive if it is deliberate, likley to increase the risk of collision and is motivated by impatience, annoyance, hostility, and/or an attempt to save time.”

• NHTSA – “When individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons property”

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AAAFTS Definition ofAggressive Driving

“Any unsafe driving behavior, performed deliberately and with ill–intention or disregard for safety, can constitute aggressive driving.”

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Our Analysis

• Analyzed NHTSA’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) database

• FARS provides detailed information from police reports on all fatal crashes

• Analyzed the role of aggression by looking at each crash’s contributing factors related to driver behavior and performance

• Existing sources of data on crashes do not include information about the intentions or motivations of the driver so our estimate of the prevalence of aggressive driving relied on drivers’ actions

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Potential Aggressive Driving Acts (FARS List)

• Following improperly• Illegal Lane Changes• Illegal driving on road shoulder, ditch,

sidewalk..etc• Passing regardless of posted traffic signs and road

markings• Operating vehicle in reckless manner• Failure to yield or obey traffic signs, devices, or

zone laws• Failure to signal• Driving too fast for conditions or above posted

speed limit• Racing

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Percent of fatal crashes involving possibly-aggressive driver-level contributing factors, FARS 2003-2007

30.7%

11.4%

7.4%

6.6%

4.1%

1.7%

1.5%

1.4%

0.5%

0.3%

0.1%

0.1%

Speeding (over limit or too fast for conditions)

Failure to yield right of way

Reckless / Careless / Erratic Driving

Failure to obey traffic signs, traffic control devices, etc.

Making improper turn

Improper passing

Improper following

Improper or erratic lane changing

Illegal driving on shoulder, ditch, sidewalk, or median

Racing

Failure to observe warnings or instructions on vehicle

Failure to signal

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Key Points• Surveys show people are concerned about aggressive

driving • 2008 AAAFTS study found 78% rated aggressive

driving as a serious or extremely serious problem• As many as 56% of the fatal crashes involve one or

more unsafe driving behavior typically associated with aggressive driving

• Speeding was a contributing factor in over 13,500 deaths in 2006• AAAFTS 2008 Traffic Safety Culture Index found

nearly half of drivers reporting exceeding the speed limit by 15mph on major highways in the previous 30 days

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To view the full aggressive driving report or press release, please visit www.aaafoundation.org

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