Data shows crashes from dangerous drivers are on the rise

ORLANDO, Fla. — While the winter weather impacts flights coming to and from Florida, AAA says most people are hitting the streets.


The agency says 90% of Floridians are driving to their destination.

New research shows dangerous driving behaviors are on the rise.

It is the most wonderful time of the year, but it’s also the most crowded time of year on the roads.

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Across Florida, AAA is anticipating record-setting travel during the year-end holidays, with about 5.8 million Floridians expected to hit the road.

“With more vehicles out there on the road, that means a heightened risk of really just anything could happen with crashes,” said Mark Jenkins with AAA. “If you’re in a big rush, then that means you’re more likely to take some risks while you’re behind the wheel and that can lead to a dangerous crash.”

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AAA says new research shows unsafe driving behavior is on the rise after three years of steady declines.

Of the more than 2,500 people surveyed, 50% said they have driven 15 mph over the speed limit, 36% said they’ve driven while holding their phone and nearly 23% admitted to driving aggressively.

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