The Washington Post

Area driv­ers get bad marks in poll

They be­have worse than cy­clists, pedes­tri­ans and scooter rid­ers, most say

- BY LUZ LAZO AND EMILY GUSKIN Washington

Nearly 6 in 10 Wash­ing­ton-area res­i­dents say driv­ers fre­quently vi­o­late traf­fic laws in the re­gion, more than say the same about pedes­tri­ans, bi­cy­clists or elec­tric scooter rid­ers, ac­cord­ing to a new Wash­ing­ton Post-Schar School poll.

Per­haps sur­pris­ingly, driv­ers are more likely to fault other driv­ers as scofflaws than they are to com­plain about other road users. And while fre­quent cy­clists are crit­i­cal of driv­ers, they are nearly as likely as driv­ers to say their fel­low cy­clists of­ten break the rules of the road.

Over­all, the poll finds 59 per­cent of Wash­ing­ton-area res­i­dents say driv­ers vi­o­late traf­fic laws very of­ten or al­most all of the time, com­pared with 49 per­cent who say the same of bi­cy­clists and 48 per­cent of pedes­tri­ans. Scooter rid­ers re­ceive slightly less crit­i­cism in the re­gion over­all, with 43 per­cent say­ing they vi­o­late traf­fic laws very of­ten or more.

The re­sults sug­gest low con­fi­dence in the re­gion’s driv­ers at the same time there has been an uptick in traf­fic fa­tal­i­ties in the area —

 ?? MATT MC­CLAIN/THE WASH­ING­TON POST ?? While most D.C.-area res­i­dents view driv­ers as fre­quent of­fend­ers of traf­fic laws, nearly half said the same of cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans.
MATT MC­CLAIN/THE WASH­ING­TON POST While most D.C.-area res­i­dents view driv­ers as fre­quent of­fend­ers of traf­fic laws, nearly half said the same of cy­clists and pedes­tri­ans.

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