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Young drivers take most road risks

Young drivers take the most risks in Georgia and across the United States, according to astudy by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. However, the study found that drivers in other age groups are also guilty of dangerous behind-the-wheel behaviors.

A market research firm surveyed more than 2,500 drivers from in the late summer of 2016. It was found that nearly 90 percent of drivers in the 19-24 age group admitted to risky activities like texting and driving, speeding and running red lights in the last 30 days. Meanwhile, 59.3 percent of millennials confessed to sending texts or emails while behind the wheel, compared to less than a third of other age groups, and almost 50 percent of them said they had run a red light, compared to 36 percent of other drivers. Twelve percent of millennials thought it was permissible to drive 10 mph over the speed limit in a school zone, but only 5 percent of other age groups felt that way.

The study found that millennials aren't the only ones taking risks on the road. For example, 79.2 percent of drivers between the ages of 25 and 39 said they were guilty of texting and driving, speeding or running a red light in the last month, and 75.2 percent of drivers ages 40 to 59 reported the same behaviors.

Texting and driving has emerged as one of the leading causes of car accidents, and it is prohibited in most states. People who have been injured in such a crash may want to have the assistance of a lawyer when seeking appropriate compensation for the losses that they have sustained.

Source: USA Today, "Millennial drivers are highway hazards, survey shows", Bart Jansen, Feb. 15, 2017

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