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Have millennial drivers earned their bad reputation?

These days, residents of Rhode Island and the rest of the nation who fall within the “millennial” age group get a bad rap, with some believing they are lazier and more entitled than their older peers. While this may or may not be true, depending on the person, one area in which it appears millennials have earned their unsavory reputation is with regard to their driving.

According to USA Today, millennial drivers are, in fact, bad, and they are so bad, it appears, that the publication dubbed them “highway hazards.” Additionally, according to a recent report, 88 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 admitted to engaging in dangerous driving behaviors behind the wheel, which might include texting, speeding and running red lights, among others.

To get a better sense of just how bad today’s millennial motorists truly are, one need look no further than statistics. In one recent survey involving more than 2,500 millennial drivers, almost half of those who participated acknowledged that they had run red lights, even though they could have just as easily come to a stop. Meanwhile, only about 36 percent of drivers across all age groups admitted to doing the same.

Millennials are also taking unnecessary risks on the road when it comes to texting and emailing from behind a vehicle’s controls. Nearly 60 percent of millennial motorists surveyed reported that they had texted or emailed someone while driving, while only just over 30 percent of drivers across other age groups said they took the same risks.

This information about millennial driving behaviors is educational in nature and does not constitute legal advice.

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