80% of Americans Think Truck Drivers Are Safest on the Roadby Jana Ritter - Published: 10/10/2014
While a lot of the press has been focusing on the ”un-safe” factors regarding truck drivers, the results of a recent national poll revealed that the majority of the American population considers professional truck drivers to be among the safest drivers on the road and had a very positive view of the trucking industry in general.
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Public Opinion Strategies conducted the poll between Sept. 20-24th and surveyed 800 registered voters on their attitudes about politics, the trucking industry and the state of infrastructure. Truck drivers got the highest marks across the board:
- 8 in 10 respondents indicated they believe truck drivers are safer than car drivers.
- 9 in 10 respondents believe passenger vehicle drivers are more likely tospeed than truck drivers
- 74 percent of respondents think that in accidents involving a car and a truck, the passenger vehicle driver is at fault.
- Only 7 percent of respondents believe truck drivers are more likely than passenger vehicle drivers to drive unsafely
Neil Newhouse presented the poll results to the American Trucking Associations at the MC&E convention this week. “This is really good news for the industry; the safety numbers are extraordinary. This is what they’re seeing on the roads. There’s a consensus across the country that truck drivers are much safer, much more diligent, they’re less likely to speed and cause crashes than are passenger car drivers”, he told the convention attendees.
Other positive news came from the ATA itself, announcing that it has reached 80 percent of is $1 million fundraising goal for its nation wide industry image building campaign “Trucking Moves America Forward”.
The only negative feedback coming from the poll was the section asking respondents their opinions of the condition of the nation’s roads and bridges. Not surprisingly the majority of American’s feel they need repair, but nobody indicated they believed they should be the ones to pay for it, basically the same problem that politicians are arguing over as well.