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CINCINNATI, Oh. (February 11, 2019) -- Many will celebrate Valentine’s Day in February sharing sweet treats and kind sentiments, but drivers are reminded that February is also Aggressive Driving Awareness month. AAA would like to encourage all drivers to share some love along our roadways this month.
Most everyone has been on the receiving end of aggressive driving behavior and it can be quite scary. In fact the AAA Traffic Safety Culture Index released last March found that 91.5 percent of all drivers say that people driving aggressively poses a threat to their personal safety and 68 percent of drivers perceive that aggressive driving is a much bigger or somewhat bigger problem today than it was three years ago.
Aggressive driving is more than honking the horn and gesturing. AAA defines aggressive driving as any unsafe driving behavior, performed deliberately and with ill intention or disregard for safety. Here are some examples:
“Inconsiderate driving, bad traffic and the daily stresses of life can transform minor frustrations into dangerous road rage and aggressive driving behavior,” said Mike Belcuore, manager of the AAA Driving School. “Far too many drivers are losing themselves in the heat of the moment and lashing out in ways that could turn deadly.”
The AAA Traffic Safety Culture Index also found:
Data from the Ohio Department of Public Safety shows that drivers who were emotional (i.e. depressed, angry or disturbed) caused more than 1,700 crashes on Ohio roads in 2017.
The Governors Highway Safety Association issued a report in January which finds that speeding is not given enough attention as a traffic safety issue despite being a factor in nearly one-third of all motor vehicle-related fatalities. Further, it highlights the facts that widespread public acceptance of speeding and lack of risk perception are also underlined as obstacles to reducing speeding-related deaths.
To avoid aggressive driving situations AAA advises managing your behavior and your responses. Most drivers are not thinking about their impact on you; they are just rushed, distracted or upset. AAA recommends that you follow these important rules of the road:
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