Millennials are the worst drivers on the road

The Detroit Bureau

The Detroit Bureau

If you're reading this while stopped at a red light, you might be part of the problem.

AAA said USA traffic deaths increased by more than seven percent from 2014 to 2015, but most of us continue to share the same mentality.

Teen driver education campaigns have had some success, foundation spokeswoman Tamra Johnson said. "They think a yellow light is to speed through and go faster", said 25-year-old Laura Graham.

Almost 92 percent of drivers believe that distracted drivers are a bigger problem today than they were three years ago. Now the organization is considering the best ways to reach drivers of other ages. The study shows that there is agreement on the dangers of some driving issue and action to avoid risky behavior. Ninety-five percent said they had never driven within an hour of using marijuana.

But drivers' behavior sometimes contradicted their own instincts.

One of those risky behaviors may not surprise you at all - distracted driving. Ninety-six percent of drivers say drowsy driving is a serious safety threat, but 29 percent had recently driven when they were so exhausted they had trouble keeping their eyes open. The AAA report also found that 75% of drivers between the ages of 40 and 59 are guilty of the same thing. Drivers in two age groups above theirs ranked behind that group in admitting to one of the three infractions, while 16- to 18-year-olds trailed those three groups, with 69 percent of them saying they had done so. These unsafe behaviors - which increase crash risk - included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding.

Drivers ages 19-24 were almost twice as likely as all drivers to report having typed or sent a text message or email while driving (59.3 percent vs. 31.4 percent).

Just over half of drivers feel seriously threatened by drivers talking on cell phones, but 68% made a call while driving in the last 30 days.

More than twice as likely to speed in a school zone. Drivers ages 19-24 were 1.6 times as likely as all drivers to report having read a text message or e-mail while driving in the last 30 days. "We have to just all make a personal commitment that when we drive, we drive".

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