A new AAA study reports that more than half of all drivers have texted while driving, ran a red light or exceeded the speed limit in the past 30 days.
The study, reported by MLive Detroit, points to young millennial drivers as the worst offenders, as 88 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 have admitted to committing one of the aforementioned behaviors.
The new study from AAA comes from its Foundation for Traffic Safety. It polled more than 2,500 drivers in the U.S. older than 16.
Traffic deaths in the U.S. rose 7 percent in 2015, and a spokesperson said they are expected to rise again once 2016’s numbers are finished.
Ten percent of drivers between the ages of 60 and 74 have texted or sent an email while driving, and 37 percent of drivers older than 75 have admitted to running a light that turned red.
In a major contradiction, more than 75 percent of drivers said they believe it’s unacceptable to text or email while behind the wheel. Also, more than 50 percent of drivers say they feel threatened by drivers paying attention to their phones and not the road.
The newest drivers, ages 16 to 18, were found the least likely to speed, run red lights or to text and drive when compared to those between the ages of 20 and 50.
Nearly 95 percent of drivers think drowsy driving is dangerous, but 29 percent admit to recently driving drowsy.
Other noteworthy findings include 87 percent of drivers admitting to operating when they thought they could be close to the legal alcohol limit. Ninety-five percent said they had never operated a vehicle within an hour of smoking marijuana.