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1. 2. AAA Foundation

  • Established in 1947 3. 501(c)(3) Not-For-Profit 4. Research affiliate of AAA/CAA 5. North American Focus


  • Identify traffic safety problems 6. Foster research that seeks solutions 7. Disseminate information and educational resources

Funded through the generosity of
and its members
8. The Situation

  • Americans are concerned about aggressive driving and its impact on traffic safety 9. A 2005 telephone survey by ABC News and The Washington Post foundthat 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.

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 10. 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.

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. 11. NHTSA When individuals commit a combination of moving traffic offenses so as to endanger other persons property

AAAFTS Definition ofAggressive Driving
Any unsafe driving behavior, performed deliberately and with illintention or disregard for safety, can constitute aggressive driving.
12. Our Analysis

  • AnalyzedNHTSAs Fatality Analysis Reporting System(FARS) database 13. FARS provides detailed information from police reports on all fatal crashes 14. Analyzed the role of aggression by looking at each crashs contributingfactors related to driver behavior and performance 15. 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

Potential Aggressive Driving Acts (FARS List)

  • Followingimproperly 16. Illegal Lane Changes 17. Illegal driving on road shoulder, ditch, sidewalk..etc 18. Passing regardless of posted traffic signs and roadmarkings 19. Operating vehicle in reckless manner 20. Failure to yield or obey traffic signs, devices, or zone laws 21. Failure to signal 22. Driving too fast for conditions or above posted speed limit 23. Racing

Percent of fatal crashes involvingpossibly-aggressive driver-level contributing factors, FARS 2003-2007
24. Key Points

  • Surveys show people are concerned about aggressive driving 25. 2008 AAAFTS study found 78% rated aggressive driving as a serious or extremely serious problem 26. As many as 56% of the fatal crashes involve one or more unsafe driving behavior typically associated with aggressive driving 27. Speeding was a contributing factor in over 13,500 deaths in 2006 28. AAAFTS 2008 Traffic Safety Culture Index found nearly half of drivers reporting exceedingthe speed limit by 15mph on major highways in the previous 30 days

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