LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A new study shows that young millennials are the worst-behaved drivers on the road.

According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, more than 88 percent of drivers aged 19-24 told researchers they had engaged in a risky behavior while driving — such as texting, speeding or running red lights — within the previous 30 days.

Among drivers aged 25-39, nearly 80 percent had engaged in a risky behavior, while 75 percent of drivers aged 40-59 acknowledged such activity.

The vast majority – 70 percent – of drivers aged 16-18 admitted to risky behavior behind the wheel.

According to researchers, drivers aged 19-24 were 1.6 times as likely as all other drivers to admit reading a text message or email while driving, and were nearly twice as likely to have typed or sent a text message or email while behind the wheel.

Nearly 50 percent of drivers in the age group admitted driving through a light that had just turned red when they could have stopped safely.

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Comments (3)
  1. Mike Conley says:

    No Driver’s Ed in schools = bad drivers.

    And it = bad pedestrians, too. It’s quite apparent that, quite aside from driving habits, no one ever taught them to look both ways before crossing the street, OR to do so when stepping into a parking lot traffic area.

    Having the right of way as a pedestrian does not mean that you don’t have to look, or that the other guy is responsible for your safety.

    You may have the right of way, but what if they don’t see you? Eye contact is vital.

    A good Driver’s Ed course in high school covers these basics, which parents have apparently not been teaching their kids over the last 20 or 30 years.

    Basics, people. Basics!

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