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Study: Americans less worried about dangerous driving

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Statistics don't lie, and the statistics tell us that driving is one of the most dangerous things we do.

So dangerous drivers should be a concern for people, right?

Apparently not.

According to a new report by AAA, Americans are much less worried about drunk, aggressive and drowsy driving than they were four years ago.

The alarming thing: The number of traffic deaths are actually going up.

The findings are based on a national public opinion survey conducted from 2009 to 2012 by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

Here are a few more conclusions: When it comes to texting and driving, people still think it's bad – but not as bad as previously. More than 80 percent surveyed considered texting while driving a "completely unacceptable behavior."

However, one in every four people admits to doing it.

Traffic fatalities rose 5.3 percent in 2012 – a total of more than 34,000 deaths.

So, what's going on here?

Peter Kissinger, the president of AAA, believes drivers are just growing more complacent about safety risks. He said we see so many bad habits on the road that we're getting used to it all.

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