A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88% of millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of most risky U.S. drivers.
These dangerous behaviors included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding. The findings come as U.S. traffic fatalities rose to 35,092 in 2015, an increase of more than 7%, the largest single-year increase in five decades.
“Alarmingly, some of the drivers ages 19-24 believe that their dangerous driving behavior is acceptable,” said Dr. David Yang, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety executive director. “It’s critical that these drivers understand the potentially deadly consequences of engaging in these types of behaviors and that they change their behavior and attitudes in order to reverse the growing number of fatalities on U.S. roads.”
Texting While Driving
Drivers ages 19-24 were 1.6 times as likely as all drivers to report having read a text message or email while driving in the last 30 days (66.1% vs. 40.2%).
Drivers ages 19-24 were nearly twice as likely as all drivers to report having typed or sent a text message or e-mail while driving (59.3% vs. 31.4%).
Drivers ages 19-24 were 1.4 times as likely as all drivers to report having driven 10 mph over the speed limit on a residential street.
Nearly 12% of drivers ages 19-24 reported feeling that it is acceptable to drive 10 mph over the speed limit in a school zone, compared to less than 5% of all drivers.
The AAA Foundation’s latest report is available online at www.AAAFoundation.org