Driver concern for safety slips, AAA says
Americans are much less worried about drunken, drowsy and aggressive driving than they were four years ago, says a survey released by AAA. The share of people who said they believe driving after drinking is a very serious threat declined from 90 percent in 2009 to 69 percent in 2012. Those who said texting or emailing while driving is a very serious threat declined slightly, from 87 percent in 2009 to 81 percent in 2012. Driving while drowsy was viewed as a serious threat by 46 percent of the 11,000 surveyed last year, down from 71 percent in 2009. Part of the decline may be that public and media attention to highway safety has waned, says Jonathan Adkins, a spokesman for the Governors Highway Safety Association.
— The Associated Press
New cars, tractor fun part of fair this year
Vehicle-related fun at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup includes new cars from Ford displayed near the Showplace Stage today through Sept. 16. Chrysler will show off its new vehicles near the Extreme Scream ride from Sept. 18-22. Little ones can pedal through a tractor maze (shown) daily in SillyVille and compete in tractor pulls near the Green Gate during the fair's run from today to Sept. 22. For details, visit thefair.com.
— NWautos staff