‘Millennials’: Peores Conductores de Estados Unidos, Dice Estudio

February 23, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Los conductores 19 a 24 años son los más irresponsables de Estados Unidos y al menos el 88% de ellos tuvo algún comportamiento arriesgado al volante el mes pasado, según un estudio de la Fundación AAA de Seguridad Vial revelado el 15 de febrero.

Utilizar aplicaciones de mensajería móvil al volante, saltarse semáforos en rojo y superar el límite de velocidad son las principales infracciones que cometen los jóvenes entre 19 y 24 años en un país en el que murieron más 35.092 personas en accidentes en la carretera en 2015, un 7% más que el año anterior.

El director ejecutivo de la Fundación AAA, David Yang, afirmó en un comunicado que lo alarmante es que los conductores más jóvenes creen que estos comportamientos son “aceptables”, por lo que insistió en que deben entender que las consecuencias pueden ser “mortales”.

“(Los ‘millennials’) tienen que cambiar su comportamiento y actitud para revertir el creciente número de muertes en las carreteras estadounidenses”, dijo Yang.

En este grupo no entran los conductores de 16 a 18 años, que se sitúan entre los mejores de la lista a pesar de que el 69.3% de ellos cometió alguna infracción mientras manejaba.

Leer mensajes recibidos y escribir en el móvil al conducir fue incidencia principal que reflejó este estudio, que analizó encuestas de 2.511 conductores estadounidenses.

El 66.1% de ellos confesó haber leído alguna vez en el último mes algún mensaje y el 59.3% dijo que escribió y envió mensajes desde su celular.

Cerca del 12% de conductores entre 19 y 24 años consideró “aceptable” conducir 10 millas por hora (16 kilómetros por hora) por encima del límite de velocidad en zonas escolares.

Además, son 1.4 veces más propensos a conducir a mayor velocidad de la permitida en zonas residenciales.

Casi el 50% de los conductores se saltó un semáforo que se acababa de poner rojo en vez de detenerse, un 14% más que el resto de encuestados por AAA.

“Los conductores tienen que dejar los teléfonos y concentrarse completamente en la tarea de manejar”, dijo Amy Stracke, directora gerente de la defensa de la seguridad vial en AAA- The Auto Club Group.

En general y aunque los “millennials” destaquen por su comportamiento especialmente negativo, los niveles de infracciones de todas las edades son altos.

Las personas de entre 60 y 74 años y los mayores de 75 son los que menos infracciones cometen, con el 67.3% y el 69.1% respectivamente.

El 75.2% de los conductores entre 40 y 59 años se saltó el código de circulación en algún momento del último mes y el otro grupo que contiene “millennials”, el que va de los 25 a 39 años, fue el segundo peor, con el 79.2% de personas con infracciones.

Your Issues Matter, U.S. Reps. Tell Millennials

October 27, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

With over 69 million millennials eligible to vote in November, candidates for political office across the country are spending a lot of time and money courting people between the ages of 18 and 37, hoping to get their votes.

But while their numbers are large, as a group millennials tend to be less civically engaged and historically vote in lower numbers than older voters.

On Monday, three of California’s members of Congress met with students at Rio Hondo College for an open discussion on the issues that matter most to young Americans, and to remind them voting is the best way to be heard.

“You have a voice,” Rep. Grace Napolitano (CA-32) told the crowd. “We are supposed to represent you,” she said, encouraging them to get involved.

The meeting was one of over 20 #FutureForum town hall-style meetings being held across the country to get a pulse on the challenges millennials face.

On Monday, students said they are concerned about climate change, mental health, police brutality, campaign contribution limits and student debt.

According to #FutureForum Chair, Rep. Eric Swalwell (CA-15)  – student debt is the biggest issue millennials say they are facing.

Representantes de EE.UU. Eric Swalwell, Grace Napolitano y Norma Torres hablan acerca de temas relacionados con los ‘millennials’ en el Colegio Río Hondo el lunes.

U.S. Reps. Eric Swalwell, Grace Napolitano and Norma Torres discuss ‘millennial issues’ with students at Rio Hondo College Monday.

At 35, Swalwell is the youngest member of California’s congressional delegation and a millennial himself. With $100,000 in student debt, he says he knows first hand how the financial burden is causing millennials like him to delay three major life decisions and rights of passage: starting a family, buying a home and starting a business.

Student debt has led millennials to “put their lives on hold to pay their loans,” echoes Rep. Norma Torres (CA-35).

While she was able to buy her first house at the age of 22, she confided that her 30-year-old son is struggling to pay his student loans and not likely to buy a home for some years to come.

When asked who can imagine owning a home in the next 10 years, only a handful of the Rio Hondo students raised their hands.

On average, college graduates across the county have about $30,000 in student debt. According to The Institute for College Access and Success, the total amount of student debt nationally is $1.2 trillion.

Write to your representatives in Washington, D.C. and tell them to pass legislation to bring relief to the student debt crisis, Torres encouraged students.

The state of the economy is one of the prime reasons so many students are struggling to pay back their loans, Torres told EGP. Many students are getting degrees that are not competitive in today’s economy, she said.

Students “are graduating from wonderful colleges with really high tuition, but it doesn’t translate to great jobs so young people are feeling like it’s money wasted,” she explained.

But the student debt crisis is not just a problem for millennials, says Swalwell. Whether it’s because their children are moving back home or because they have personally taken out or co-signed for college loans, “parents are carrying the burden too,” he pointed out.

Jesse Carmon, 57, of Hacienda Heights, wanted to know what type of relief young adults like his son could expect in the future.

The hope is that in the near future students will have access to free in-state tuition and the option to refinance their loans, responded the speakers.

For many millennials, the fallout from 9/11, the Iraq War and a financial crisis that resulted in many of their parents losing pensions or homes has colored their life experiences, says Swalwell, who acknowledges “faith in government is very low” and “we need to restore and earn that trust.”

Hearing complaints from students about the outsized influence of lobbyists and large donors to political campaigns, the representatives encouraged students to turn their concerns into votes.

“Money talks, but there’s nothing like a vote,” emphasized Napolitano.

Millennials need to be informed, educated and get involved, added the forum’s moderator, Rio Hondo College Student Trustee Brandon Pablo Leon.

A show of hands revealed that only one woman in the room had ever written to a member of Congress.

“It’s not just voting, it’s about being politically active,” Leon said.

Millennials are key to the success of not only the state but also the entire country, Torres reminded the students.

“If you don’t succeed we don’t succeed,” she said. But “if you want to see change, you need to be a part of the process.”

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