All Age Groups, Especially Millennials, Engage In Dangerous Driving

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After young millennials, drivers between 25 and 39 years old engaged in risky driving behavior.

"It's critical that these drivers understand the potentially deadly consequences of these types of behaviors", Yang said, "and that they change their behavior and attitudes in order to reverse the number of fatalities on USA roads".

Teens typically take the rap for their risky driving, but new research indicates that young millennials garner the top spot on the list of worst behaved USA drivers. These findings, part of AAA's annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, come as USA traffic deaths jumped 7% in 2015 to more than 35,000 - the largest single-year increase in five decades.

AAA Spokesman Don Redman says drivers between the ages of 19 to 24 seem to be distracted behind the wheel.

"Although many drivers seem to think traffic safety is important generally, the survey findings reveal some aspect of the current traffic safety culture that might be categorized as a culture of indifference, with drivers effectively saying 'Do as I say, not as I do, '" the foundation says in the report. These unsafe behaviors, which increase crash risk, included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding.

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Looking at the different distractions more closely not only shows which age group is more likely to engage in them, but the fact that they consider it acceptable.

Nearly 50 percent of young millennial drivers said they had run a red light compared to 36 percent of all motorists.

"When I'm in the vehicle with friends of mine, they're texting while driving".

Almost twice as likely to have typed and sent a text or email. 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.

Part of that could be lower gas prices combined with an improved economy has people driving more, but the NSC report finds that could at most account for half the increase.