PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A recent report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found a high percentage of young millennials have engaged in at least one risky behavior while behind the wheel in the last 30 days.
AAA says 88% of young millennials – ages 19 to 24 – admitted to texting while driving, running a red light, speeding or even gotten high behind the wheel.
The findings come after traffic deaths in the United States increased to 35,092 in 2015.
By age, here are the percentages of drivers who reported having participated in risky driving in the last 30 days:
- Drivers ages 19-25: 88.4%
- Drivers ages 25-39: 79.2%
- Drivers ages 40-59: 75.2%
- Drivers ages 16-18: 69.3%
- Drivers ages 75+: 69.1%
- Drivers ages 60-74: 67.3%
The survey results from the study came from a sample of 2,511 licensed drivers over the age of 16.
“These are all very troubling statistics, especially when we’re talking about young drivers. And yet, the behaviors they’re exhibiting are incredibly dangerous,” said John Corrigan, RI Assistant Attorney General.
“I think really the bottom line is that if you think you can handle driving while texting, if you think you’re invincible, you’re sadly mistaken and the truth is, you are simply gambling with your own life or the life of someone else,” he said.
Texting while driving is illegal in Rhode Island. Distracted driving fines range from $100 for the first offense to possible license suspension for serial offenders.