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Most Millennials Are Terrible Drivers, Says Report

Apparently 88.4 percent of drivers between 19 and 24 copped to texting, speeding, and running reds recently.

by VICE Staff
Feb 15 2017, 4:10pm

Photo via Flickr user Lord Jim

Watch out, everybody: A new study says that America's roadways are besieged by a plague of distracted, reckless youths with sweaty fingers mashing out texts on their touchscreens when they should be at ten and two.

According to USA Today, a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88.4 percent of millennial drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 copped to driving dangerously in the past month, from texting while driving to running reds and speeding.

Almost half of the millennial drivers surveyed said they had run a red light recently, despite being able to stop safely, and another 12 percent said it was fine to go ten over in a school zone. Less surprisingly, almost 60 percent of millennials admitted to sending a text or email while driving, compared to 31 percent of all other drivers. 

"Alarmingly, some of the drivers ages 19 to 24 believe that their dangerous driving behavior is acceptable," the foundation's executive director, David Yang, told USA Today.

Sure, the AAA study may have found that drivers in their early 20s were most likely to drive poorly, but over two-thirds of drivers across all age groups admitted to being distracted and dangerous behind the wheel.

Traffic deaths are becoming increasingly more common, and distracted or dangerous driving obviously play a role. There were more than 35,000 car-related deaths in 2015, up 7 percent from 2014. According to USA Today, that increase is the "largest one-year jump in five decades." Drunk driving numbers are down, at least, but that doesn't necessarily mean more people are driving sober, because more people are driving while on drugs.

The age of driverless cars can't come fast enough—though that comes with its own unique share of problems, too.