DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) - According to a AAA survey, Americans are much less worried about drunken, drowsy, and aggressive driving than they were four years ago, even though traffic deaths have begun to edge back up.
That's why the Department of Transportation will announce a national crackdown on drunk drivers later this morning to reveal the new campaign known as "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."
The Ohio State Highway patrol encourages the public to continue using #677 to report drug activity or impaired drivers. That can include those driving while texting, an ongoing campaign here at 2 NEWS.
A recent survey of 11,000 motorists conducted over a four year period showed more than 80 percent of respondents considered texting while driving a "completely unacceptable behavior," but 1 in 4 people admitted doing so within the previous month.
In that same survey, talking while driving was considered a very serious threat by 58 percent while 68 percent said they had recently used a cellphone while driving.
Besides distracted drivers, Sgt. John Chesser of the Dayton post of the Highway Patrol says aggressive driving is one of the biggest dangers you'll face on the road.
"You don't want to be driving too close to the vehicle in front of you," Chesser warns. "If they apply their brakes, you'll hit them. That's one of the top causes of crashes that we investigate."
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were more than 34,000 traffic deaths in 2012, a 5.3 percent increase - the first annual increase in seven years.
Of those, drunk driving accidents in the U.S. claim nearly 10,000 lives a year.
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