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Behavior of millennial drivers is dangerous

Millennials in Florida and throughout the country tend to engage in risky driving behavior according to a study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The organization released a report on Feb. 15 that found almost 90 percent of millennials surveyed reported behavior in the previous 30 days that included texting while driving, running red lights and speeding.

Millennials tended to text and email nearly twice as often as other drivers, and while just over one-third of drivers in other age groups reported running red lights when they could have safety stopped, almost half of millennials said they did so. Speeding in a school zone by 10 miles over the speed limit was deemed acceptable by more than 10 percent of millennials compared to 5 percent of other drivers.

However, drivers in all age groups reported some degree of dangerous behavior, and there was also a discrepancy between what they believed was dangerous and what they did. For example, while almost 80 percent said that driving while drowsy was completely unacceptable, nearly 29 percent said that in the past month, they had driven when they were struggling to stay awake. Drivers also found driving through a red light unacceptable and supported lowering blood alcohol levels for drunk driving and requiring ignition interlock devices even for first-time offenders.

These actions can result in serious motor vehicle accidents. Occupants of other vehicles could suffer catastrophic injuries, and insurance might not fully compensate them for their medical expenses and other damages. They thus might want to have the assistance of an attorney in seeking appropriate compensation.

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