Speeding, red-light running common among teen drivers

On Behalf of | Jul 30, 2020 | motor vehicle accidents

More teens take to New York’s roadways during the summer than in any other time of year, and this means increased risks for you and everyone else on the road. A study on teen driving habits over a 10-year period revealed that teenagers are engaging in dangerous driving behaviors at alarming rates.

According to AAA, teenage motorists face a heightened risk of crashing simply because they lack the experience that older drivers on the road already have. However, many of them are compounding the risks and endangering you and others by engaging in specific risky behaviors.

Speeding and red-light running statistics

Speeding is particularly problematic among teenage drivers. Research shows that almost 50% of them admit to having traveled more than 10 mph over the speed limit in a residential area within the past 30 days. Another 40% of them say they have driven at least 15 mph over the limit on a highway within that same time span.

Red-light running is also common and highly dangerous, with 32% of teens admitting to blowing a red light within the past 30 days. Red-light runners present a threat to you when you are in your vehicle, but they also do so when you are traveling on foot or by bike.

Drowsy and aggressive driving statistics

Another quarter of all teen motorists admit to having driven while drowsy within the last 30 days, which studies suggest may be as dangerous as driving under the influence of alcohol. Aggressive driving, which might include anything from driving erratically to failing to obey stop signs, is also something more than 30% of teen drivers admit to having done recently. Find more about car crashes resulting from negligence on our webpage.