AAA said U.S. traffic deaths increased by more than seven percent from 2014 to 2015, but most of us continue to share the same mentality.
“Out of everyone that does it, you don’t really think it will happen to you,” said Giovanni Salazar.
88 percent of young millennials reported texting behind the wheel, red light running and speeding over a 30-day span leading up to the AAA survey, earning the title of the “Worst Behaved U.S. Drivers.”
“All of us who are a little bit older were 19 to 24 years of age at one time or another, and we all had one thing in common — We all sort of felt that we were immortal,” said Tom Calcagni, Director of Public and Government Affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic.
But before college kids’ parents start wagging their fingers, 75 percent of drivers between 40 and 59 admitted to the same risky tendencies.
“I want to emphasize that, again, 50 percent of the people who talked about their driving behavior in the 30 days before the survey indicated that they had done one of these bad driving behaviors, so we’re all guilty of it,” said Calcagni.
Maryland’s law prohibits handheld cell phone use while driving, but there are plenty of other dangerous distractions that may not get you pulled over, but certainly put your life at risk.
“You could have distractions putting on make-up,” said Calcagni. “I don’t know how anybody really can do that well and drive. There are already so many things that can affect us and pull our attention away from driving. We have to just all make a personal commitment that when we drive, we drive.”