From a CNN article that I'm too lazy to link:
For instance, one out of five drivers doesn't know that a pedestrian in a crosswalk has the right of way, and one out of three drivers speeds up to make a yellow light, even when pedestrians are present, the study said.
Damn! I'm typically a pretty kamikaze street crosser, but this may make me think twice before lighting out into traffic. How do you not know that a pedestrian has right of way?! Shouldn't it be terribly obvious that in a contest, soft human flesh is going to lose to hard metal and plastic, thus the reason to yield right of way? How hard of a concept can that possibly be? (the study consisted of a written exam administered to drivers across the country, ages 16-65, similar to the one you have to pass to get a license. Approximately 1 in 10 couldn't get a passing score!)