Many Americans report they regularly speed, run red lights, use distracting devices or drive drowsy even though one in three have a loved one who has been seriously injured or killed in a crash. According to the AAA Foundation\u2019s latest Traffic Safety Culture Index, unsafe behaviors persist even though one in five drivers have themselves been involved in a serious crash, while one in 10 has been seriously injured in a crash. \u201cIt is very disappointing that we continue to see a \u2018do as I say, not as I do\u2019 attitude, where large numbers of motorists seem to recognize risky behaviors but do them anyway,\u201d said Lloyd Albert, senior vice president of public and government affairs for AAA Northeast. \u201cEnhancing the safety culture in society must begin with each individual," Albert said. Red lights, speeding, testing The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety\u2019s annual survey assesses and benchmarks the attitudes and behaviors of drivers. The most recent survey found that unsafe driving behaviors are widespread. These unsafe actions include: Red light running:\u00a0 More than a third (36%) of drivers admit to running red lights, yet 55% say it\u2019s a very serious threat while 73% say it\u2019s unacceptable; Speeding on residential streets (10 mph over the limit or more):\u00a0 Nearly half of drivers report speeding (44%), yet 65% say it\u2019s unacceptable; Drowsy driving:\u00a0 Almost a third of drivers (29%) admitted to drowsy driving, yet 45% say it is a very serious threat while 81% say it is completely unacceptable; Texting or emailing:\u00a0 More than a quarter (27%) of drivers report typing or sending a text or email, yet 79% of drivers say it\u2019s a very serious threat to safety while 84% say it\u2019s unacceptable. Talking on cell phone When it comes to specific distracted driving behaviors in the past 30 days: \u2014 two in three drivers reported talking on their cell phone; and; \u2014 one in three drivers reported talking on their cell phone often, or reading a text message or email. Hands-free phone use The findings also offered insight about drivers\u2019 attitudes related to cognitive distraction. Two out of three drivers believe hands-free phone use is acceptable, and nearly half of drivers who report using speech-based, in-vehicle systems say they don\u2019t believe these systems are at all distracting. These results are prevalent despite extensive research indicating hands-free devices can lead to cognitive distraction. About the local AAA AAA Northeast is a nonprofit auto club that serves more than 5.1 million members with travel, insurance, finance and auto-related services. The American Automobile Association affiliate covers parts of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey and Rhode Island.