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A new report says we're all dangerous drivers. But millennials are the worst.


A report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that just about every demographic is full of bad drivers.

But millennials might be the worst. The report found that 88.4 percent of drivers between 19 and 24 years old had either texted while driving, driven over the speed limit or run a red light in the past 30 days. That's more than any other age bracket.

There might be hope for the future. 16-18-year-old drivers were the least dangerous with 69.3 percent of drivers committing those violations.

By the numbers

  • Millennials admitted to texting while driving at almost twice the rate of other drivers, 59.1 percent to 31.4 percent.
  • Nearly half of millennials admitted to running a red light, compared to 36 percent of other drivers.
  • Almost 12 percent of millennials said it was OK to drive more than 10 mph over the speed limit in a school zone.
  • 40 percent of drivers reported reading a text while driving. But 78 percent called it 'completely unacceptable.' 

Even more numbers

  • Nearly 80 percent of drivers said drowsy driving is "completely unacceptable," but nearly 30 percent admitted to doing it in the past month.
  • 81 percent of drivers thought ignition locks would be a good idea for first-time drunk drivers. 
  • 63.5 percent agreed the acceptable blood-alcohol concentration should decrease to 0.05 percent from 0.08 percent.
  • With that said, 2.5 percent of drivers admitted to driving within an hour of smoking pot or drinking.
Alarmingly, some of the drivers ages 19 to 24 believe that their dangerous driving behavior is acceptable.
David Yang, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

Traffic deaths rose 7 percent to 35,092 in 2015, the last year for which AAA had data. 

Millennials, according to this study, have work to do.

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