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Millennials reveal their driving habits in AAA survey

Young drivers in Missouri and around the country have a reputation for engaging in reckless behavior and being overly attached to their cellphones, and a study released by the AAA on Feb. 15 suggests that these criticisms may have some merit. The motoring organization's Foundation for Traffic Safety surveyed 2,511 American drivers and focused on motorists between the ages of 19 and 24, and a concerning 88 percent of them admitted to sending text messages, speeding and running red lights during the previous 30 days.

While the vast majority of the drivers in all age groups who were polled admitted to having dangerous driving habits, most of them also said that they found this kind of behavior unacceptable in others. Running red lights was frowned upon by 92 percent of the respondents regardless of age, but nearly 36 percent of them admitted to recently having done so.

The conversation about road safety took on a more somber tone the day after the AAA released its findings when the National Safety Council reported that the number of people killed in motor vehicle accidents in the United States climbed to 40,200 in 2016. Traffic fatalities were last this high in 2007, and experts say that the widespread use of cellphones by drivers is a major reason for the decline in road safety.

While young drivers receive much of the blame for the surge in distracted driving rates, motorists of all ages have become more prone to this type of reckless behavior in recent years. When distracted driving is suspected and police investigations are inconclusive, experienced personal injury attorneys may study the cellphone records and social media posts of the negligent drivers involved to determine what may have happened in the moments leading up to a collision.

Source: Fox News, "2016 traffic deaths jump to highest level in nearly a decade", Associated Press, Feb. 16, 2017

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