Pa. drivers asked to ‘fess up about bad habits

    PennDOT is asking motorists to go online and take a driver safety survey. Results will help shape the department’s safety messages.

    It takes maybe five minutes to click through all the questions–most have to do with driving while under some unnamed influence, driving while texting, driving while speeding.

    PennDOT wants to know how often survey takers are flouting the law, and what they think the chances are they’ll get caught.

    Penn Dot spokeswoman Erin Waters says motorists taking the survey this year are not lacking in confidence.

    “Well, we were intrigued to see that most people rate themselves as pretty safe drivers,” she said. “We were surprised to see that people, in general, underestimate how likely they are to be caught with one of these unsafe activities.”

    The answers will help PennDOT adjust its marketing strategy–how the department can get its message out to people about driving safely and the consequences for failing to do so.

    More than 2,500 people have taken the survey since it was first posted July 11.

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