Millennials top list of most distracted drivers says AAA

A new study released by AAA shows that nearly 90% of all millennials (those from ages 19-24) admit to doing one, or all three of the following:

  • Texting while driving
  • Speeding
  • Running a red light.

Bob Kazmierzcak, Director of Automotive Services at AAA northwest, Ohio said it's common among millennials because they don't seem to understand it's wrong.

“The problem with millennials is that they feel it’s acceptable and that is not at all acceptable when you’re operating a motor vehicle," said Kazmierzcak.

Even though millennials topped the list of most distracted drivers, those older than them did not fair much better.

By rank and age group this is the percentage of drivers who reported engaging in speeding, red light running or texting behind the wheel in the past 30 days according to AAA's annual Traffic Safety Culture Index:

  • Drivers ages 19-24: 88.4 percent
  • Drivers ages 25-39: 79.2 percent
  • Drivers ages 40-59: 75.2 percent
  • Drivers ages 16-18: 69.3 percent
  • Drivers ages 75+: 69. 1 percent
  • Drivers ages 60-74: 67.3 percent

Other notable stats include:

Drivers between 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.

Drivers between 19-24 were nearly twice as likely as all drivers to report having typed or sent a text message or e-mail while driving.

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