Published on June 13, 2014

Poll: Motorists fear for safety on poorly maintained roads

WASHINGTON (June 13, 2014) — The vast majority of U.S. motorists are worried about unsafe road conditions caused by poor maintenance, and more than one-fourth say they have had accidents because of bad roads.

That’s the results of a survey commissioned by the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA).

Fifty-nine percent of drivers say they are worried about unsafe, poorly repaired roads, according to the LIUNA survey. Drivers in the Northeast (69 percent), Midwest (67 percent) and urban areas (70 percent) are particularly concerned, it said.

Twenty-eight percent of drivers said road conditions had contributed to accidents in which they were involved, and 40 percent said they or someone they knew had nearly had an accident because of poor road surfaces, according to the survey. Sixty-nine percent said poor road conditions were causing wear and tear on their cars.

The union issued the survey results just after the Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In, in which transportation construction executives came to Washington June 10-11 to lobby their elected officials for quick action to shore up the Highway Trust Fund and pass transportation funding reauthorization legislation.

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