A new survey shows a stunning amount of young drivers think it’s okay to break traffic laws.
Yesterday’s report by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety shows that 88% of drivers 19- to 24-years-old acknowledged engaging in risky behavior such as texting while driving, running red lights or speeding.
Some of the most concerning finds of the survey include Millennials acknowledge typing or sending a text or email while driving at nearly twice the rate of other drivers, nearly half of Millennials reported running a red light even if they could have stopped safely, and 12% of Millennials saying it is acceptable to speed 10 mph over the speed limit in a school zone.
The results may indicate why the number of traffic deaths rose in 2015. The 7% increase from a year earlier was the largest one-year jump in five decades.
As far as drivers of any age, being a hypocrite is the norm. While over 40% admitted they text or talk on the phone while driving, most agree it is “completely unacceptable.” Driving drowsy and running red lights saw similar results.
So if you think the roadways have gotten more dangerous… you are right.
Source: USA Today