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19-to-24 age group might be the most dangerous drivers

New York motorists who are between 19 and 24 years of age might be more likely than others to engage in dangerous driving behaviors like speeding or texting while driving, but Americans in all age groups reported driving dangerously in the past 30 days in a survey released on Feb. 15 by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Furthermore, many drivers engaged in dangerous behaviors even though they said those behaviors were unacceptable.

Most drivers said that the legal limit for determining that a person was driving under the influence should be lowered and that first-time offenders should have ignition interlock devices installed on their vehicles. Drivers also said that actions such as driving while drowsy, texting and driving and running red lights were unacceptable. However, 28.9 percent said that they had driven while sleepy in the prior 30 days, 40.2 percent said they had read a text and 35.6 percent said they had run a red light when they could have stopped.

More than twice as many millennials said that speeding in a school zone was acceptable with a difference of 12 percent to 5 percent. Almost half of millennials said that it was acceptable to run a red light, and compared to other drivers, almost twice as many said that they had sent a text in the last month while behind the wheel.

Human factors cause most motor vehicle accidents, and the behaviors admitted to by the survey participants are examples of negligent driving. A person who has been injured in a collision caused by another motorist who was impaired, speeding or distracted may want to have the assistance of counsel when seeking compensation for the losses that have been sustained.

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