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WASHINGTON (KNOE 8 News/AP) - New survey data suggests that Americans are much less worried about drunk, aggressive and drowsy driving than they were four years ago, even though traffic deaths have begun to edge back up.

The percentage of people who say they believe texting or emailing while driving is a very serious threat declined only slightly over the same period. More than 80 percent of those surveyed consider texting while driving a "completely unacceptable behavior," but one in four people admit doing so recently.

The findings are based on national public opinion surveys conducted from 2009 to 2012 by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

AAA president Peter Kissinger says motorists may be growing complacent about safety risks.

Traffic fatalities rose 5.3 in 2012, totaling more than 34,000 deaths.

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