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Study shows millennial drivers engage in more risky behaviors

California motorists may want to watch out for millennials on the road. According to a survey, 88 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 admitted to engaging in risky activities like speeding, running red lights and texting and driving in the preceding 30 days.

The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety surveyed 2,511 drivers from Aug. 25 through Sept. 6, 2016. It found that 59.3 percent of millennials admitted to texting or sending emails while driving, compared to 31.4 percent of drivers in other age groups. Further, almost half of millennials acknowledged running a red light when they had time to stop, compared to 36 percent of other drivers. Finally, 12 percent of millennials indicated it was okay to drive 10 mph above the speed limit in school zones, compared to 5 percent of other drivers.

While millennials had that worst driving habits overall, other age groups didn't fare much better. For example, 79.2 percent of drivers between the ages of 25 to 39 also admitted to speeding, running red lights and texting and driving in the previous 30 days. Meanwhile, 67.3 percent of drivers in the most safety-conscious group, those in the 60 to 74 age bracket, admitted to the same risky behaviors. The study also found that most drivers were hypocrites. For instance, 78.2 percent of all drivers claimed that texting while driving was unacceptable, but 40.2 percent admitted to engaging in that behavior.

This type of negligent driving is unfortunately the cause of numerous motor vehicle accidents in California every year. A person who has been injured in a collision caused by a motorist who was distracted by a cellphone or who ran a red light might want to have legal assistance when seeking compensation for the losses that were sustained.

Source: USA Today, "Millennial drivers are highway hazards, survey shows", Bart Jansen, Feb. 15, 2017

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