WAYNE, N.J., May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- As the weather heats up and motorists begin to take more recreational trips, AAA North Jersey encourages drivers – especially young millennial drivers – to remain focused on the road and obey the law.
A recent study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that young millennials behind the wheel are prone to engage in risky behavior. These risky behaviors – texting, calling, and disobeying traffic signals – often directly result in automobile accidents.
"The study indicates that drivers between ages 19 and 24 are 88 percent more likely to engage in risky behavior behind the wheel," said Chuck Shotmeyer, Chairman of AAA North Jersey's Board of Directors. "We ask millennials to drive cautiously and not use phones while operating a vehicle."
"Texting is not the only risky behavior exhibited by millennial drivers," stated David L. Hughes, President and CEO of AAA North Jersey. "The AAA Foundation study finds that 50 percent of drivers between the ages of 19 and 24 have driven through a red light. We urge drivers of all ages to pay attention to the road and obey traffic signals, displays and directions from law enforcement."
Last month, the New Jersey State Police engaged in a campaign called "U Text. U Drive. U Pay." The state distributed a $1.2 million grant to 190 local police departments to take part in the month long crackdown. AAA North Jersey supports such police efforts to eliminate dangerous driving habits.
AAA North Jersey serves motorists in Bergen, Hudson, and Passaic Counties.
To read the full study, please visit https://www.aaafoundation.org/2016-traffic-safety-culture-index.
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SOURCE AAA North Jersey