New Study Shows Almost 90 Percent Engage in Risky Behavior (But They're Not Alone!)
A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety finds that young millennials are the riskiest drivers – but none of us are really setting a good example.
According to the study, almost 90 percent of young millennials – defined as those between the ages of 19-24 - engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of worst behaved drivers in the US.
These dangerous behaviors, known to increase crash risk, included texting while driving, speeding and running red-lights. In fact, 50 percent of the young millennials said they’d driven through a red light in the past month.
“As disturbing as this may be, equally disturbing is the fact that the millennials behaving badly are hardly alone” says Jim Hanni, spokesperson for AAA Kansas. “The study found the majority of drivers of ALL ages have also engaged in the same risky behaviors in the last 30 days.”
These findings, part of AAA’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, come as US traffic deaths jumped 7% in 2015 to more than 35,000 - the largest single-year increase in five decades.
Kansas had over 430 fatalities in 2016 which equals a 21% increase over the previous year. More