The Roads are Full of Bad Drivers - New Study Proves it!

A camera monitors traffic in Topanga Calif. Well over half of drivers reported texting behind the wheel running a red light or exceeding the speed limit in a 30-day period a study found

A new study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that drivers aged 19-24 now pose the most risk to themselves and others on the road.

After years of declines, the U.S.is seeing a sharp spike in driving deaths, and a AAA report of poor driving behaviors indicates "millennials" could be one reason why. These risky behaviors, which increase crash risk, included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding.

"These findings come as USA traffic deaths rose to 35,092 in 2015, an increase of more than seven percent, the largest single-year increase in five decades".

"Alarmingly, some of the drivers ages 19-24 believe that their unsafe driving behavior is acceptable", said Dr. David Yang, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety executive director. The survey data are from a sample of 2,511 licensed drivers ages 16 and older who reported driving in the past 30 days.

And millennials were more likely to admit to regularly or fairly often smoking pot within an hour of driving, with almost 7 percent saying they do so.




Iverson said texting while driving is the most talked-about issue in distracted driving and added it is so unsafe because it requires directing both eyesight and brain power away from the road.

While the numbers for the young millennial segment of drivers are high, there really isn't an age-group who are free of traffic sins. Drivers between 60 and 74 percent were least likely to speed, run a red light or text, but 67.3 percent still reported doing so in the last 30 days. In fact, with text messaging so prevalent, older drivers are actually among the safest on the road.

AAA said there's a scientific reason why young drivers are more likely to engage in risky behavior.

If you're reading this while stopped at a red light, you might be part of the problem.

Also, drivers 19-24 were about twice as likely to type or send a text message or email while driving. It confirmed what many people believe, millennials are the worst on the road.

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