Study: Young Millennials Top List Of Worst Behaved Drivers

A new report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety found that 88 percent of young millennials engaged in at least one risky behavior behind the wheel in the past 30 days, earning the top spot of worst behaved U.S. drivers.

These dangerous behaviors ― which increase crash risk ― included texting while driving, red-light running and speeding. These findings come as U.S. traffic deaths rose to 35,092 in 2015, an increase of more than 7 percent, the largest single-year increase in five decades.

“Alarmingly, some of the drivers ages 19-24 believe that their dangerous driving behavior is acceptable,” said Mary Maguire, AAA Northeast Director of Public and Legislative Affairs. “It’s critical that these drivers understand the potentially deadly consequences of engaging in these types of behaviors and that they change their behavior and attitudes in order to reverse the growing number of fatalities on U.S. roads.”

By rank and by age group, the percentage of drivers who reported engaging in speeding, red light running or texting behind the wheel in the past 30 days include:

  1. Drivers ages 19-24: 88.4 percent
  2. Drivers ages 25-39: 79.2 percent
  3. Drivers ages 40-59: 75.2 percent
  4. Drivers ages 16-18: 69.3 percent
  5. Drivers ages 75+:    69.1 percent
  6. Drivers ages 60-74: 67.3 percent

Texting While Driving

  • Drivers ages 19-24 were 1.6 times as likely as all drivers to report having read a text message or e-mail while driving in the last 30 days (66.1 percent vs. 40.2 percent).
  • Drivers ages 19-24 were nearly twice as likely as all drivers to report having typed or sent a text message or e-mail while driving (59.3 percent vs. 31.4 percent).

Speeding

  • Drivers ages 19-24 were 1.4 times as likely as all drivers to report having driven 10 mph over the speed limit on a residential street.
  • Nearly 12 percent of drivers ages 19-24 reported feeling that it is acceptable to drive 10 mph over the speed limit in a school zone, compared to less than 5 percent of all drivers. 

Red- Light Running

  • Nearly 50 percent of drivers ages 19-24 reported driving through a light that had just turned red when they could have stopped safely, compared to 36 percent of all drivers.
  • Nearly 14 percent of drivers ages 19-24 reported feeling that it is acceptable to drive through a light that just turned red, when they could have stopped safely, compared to about 6 percent of all drivers.

The new survey results are part of the AAA Foundation’s annual Traffic Safety Culture Index, which identifies attitudes and behaviors related to traffic safety. The survey data are from a sample of 2,511 licensed drivers ages 16 and older who reported driving in the past 30 days. The AAA Foundation issued its first Traffic Safety Culture Index in 2008, and the latest report is online at www.AAAFoundation.org.

Established by AAA in 1947, the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit, publicly-supported charitable educational and research organization. Dedicated to saving lives and reducing injuries on our roads, the Foundation’s mission is to prevent crashes and save lives through research and education about traffic safety. The Foundation has funded over 300 research projects designed to discover the causes of traffic crashes, prevent them and minimize injuries when they do occur.  Visit www.AAAFoundation.org for more information on this and other research.

 

AAA Northeast is a not-for-profit auto club with 61 offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Jersey, New Hampshire and New York, providing more than 2 million local AAA members with travel, insurance, finance, and auto-related services.

 
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DA Morrissey, MIAA Remove Barrier For Athletes To Get Help

Norfolk DA Michael Morrissey has worked with the MIAA to eliminate a substantial barrier between high school athletes who are struggling with substance use and the help they need.

“We know from our investigations of overdose deaths in Norfolk County that many of those dying today got hooked on opiate pain pills years earlier – often following high school sports injuries,” District Attorney Michael W. Morrissey said. “Until now, a student would face suspension from any team they were on if they came forward to ask for help.”

As part of his work with local high schools to screen high school students for possible problems with opiates, District Attorney Morrissey petitioned the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association to change its substance abuse rules in May of 2014. The change has now taken effect, and Page 61 now reads: “Prior to any chemical health violation a student’s request for and enrollment in a substance abuse treatment shall not in and of itself constitute a violation of the chemical health/alcohol/drugs/tobacco Rule 62.”

Morrissey also provided Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) training to 80 school nurses, athletic trainers and athletic directors from across the county at a December 16, 2015 seminar in Canton. That event gained publicity because it also included training on the administration of the overdose reversal drug naloxone.

“It is important as a state, and as individual communities, that we concentrate not only on the crime and death associated with full blown addiction, but also that we put thinking and resources into preventing addictions from taking root,” DA Morrissey said. “This change to the MIAA’s rules erases another barrier between young people and getting help.”

See also:

http://www.mass.gov/da/norfolk/Press_Releases/12-16-15_School%20nurses%20train%20in%20opiate%20screening%20and%20overdose%20reversal.pdf

And, at P. 61:

http://www.miaa.net/gen/miaa_generated_bin/documents/basic_module/MIAAHandbook1517.pdf

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Quincy College Students Ranked First As Top Salary Earners For 2-Year Public Colleges

According to data from the U.S. Department of Education’s innovative tool, the College Scorecard, Quincy College students are ranked #1 as Top Salary Earners in Massachusetts and  New England across two-year public colleges.  The College Scorecard is a free resource that provides information for families and students to make educated decisions in the college search process.

The U.S. Department of Education’s data reviewed the outcomes of students across the nation, who received federal financial aid, and revealed that Quincy College students are top earners ahead of all 2-year public colleges in Massachusetts. This includes colleges within the Massachusetts state-supported public community college system. In addition to being ranked first in the Commonwealth, Quincy College students also ranked #1 in the region as Top Salary Earners in all of New England across two-year public colleges. Quincy College students rank #5 in Massachusetts and #9 in New England for top earners among all 2-year public and private colleges.

Quincy College, Massachusetts’ only municipally-affiliated public college, was additionally mentioned in the U.S. Department of Education’s October 30, 2015 blog post which listed by state the top two-year public colleges across the U.S. at which earnings exceed those of the typical two-year college.

“Besides traditional majors, Quincy College provides a rigorous and relevant post-secondary education to prepare students for careers in high growth allied health and STEM fields. In addition, through strong relationships with both students and industry partners, the College’s faculty serve as an important bridge to real jobs that pay family sustaining wages. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard reflects the high value of a Quincy College education not only for our current students and alumni but for future students as well,” said Aundrea Kelley, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Quincy College.

The U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard is a new initiative by the White House to help students and their families make more educated decisions about college. Using the College Scorecard, students and their families can look up the cost and assess the value of colleges.  Each scorecard highlights five key pieces of data about a college: costs, graduation rate, loan default rate, average amount borrowed, and median earnings of former students who received federal financial aid, at 10 years after attending.

In as little as two years, students can learn more to eventually earn more. Quincy College programs are designed to provide students with specific skills and job training so they may enter the workforce or pursue advanced degrees. The U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard data reveals the successful outcomes of Quincy College students and reflects the high value of a Quincy College education beyond the classroom.

Quincy College’s programs, partnerships, and curriculum are addressing a critical skills gap for the Commonwealth and the New England region. Ongoing collaboration with the College’s multiple industry advisory boards keeps course offerings relevant to industry needs, establishes workforce pipelines, and helps students maximize their return on investment in their studies.

Quincy College President Peter H. Tsaffaras, J.D. reflected on the recent U.S. Department of Education’s ranking: “Our goal is to provide people with an education that allows them to become socially and economically productive members of society. This information, which was developed by the U.S Department of Education and is available to the public, indicates that we are making progress on behalf of our students in achieving our goal.”

Quincy College offers 35 associate degree programs and 21 certificate programs in a variety of disciplines, including those within Professional Programs, Liberal Arts, Natural & Health Sciences, and Nursing. For more information on Quincy College programs, please visit: www.quincycollege.edu.

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FY 2016 Valuations Available At Assessors Office, Library, Online

The Quincy Board of Assessors has conducted a comprehensive reassessment of all classes of properties in the City of Quincy, as mandated by the Massachusetts Department of Revenue.

The proposed Fiscal Year 2016 valuations are available for review in the Assessors Office, City Hall, 1305 Hancock St., Quincy, daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. They are also available at the Thomas Crane Public Library on Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The valuations are available online at http://www.quincyma.gov

These values are pending preliminary certification, according to city officials.

Taxpayers may contact the Board of Assessors with questions regarding the
proposed assessments by calling 617-376-1183.

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Nine New Quincy Firefighters Sworn In

Nine new Quincy firefighters were sworn in Wednesday morning at a ceremony held at the Kennedy Center. About 100 family, friends, city officials and fellow firefighters attended the ceremony. Here City Clerk Joseph Shea (far right) swears in four of the new firefighters. From the left: FF Christopher Stivalettta, FF Daniel Kennedy, FF Mark Gilbody, FF Thomas Callanan and Fire Chief Joseph Barron. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Nine new Quincy firefighters were sworn in Wednesday morning at a ceremony held at the Kennedy Center. About 100 family, friends, city officials and fellow firefighters attended the ceremony. Here City Clerk Joseph Shea (far right) swears in four of the new firefighters. From the left: FF Christopher Stivalettta, FF Daniel Kennedy, FF Mark Gilbody, FF Thomas Callanan and Fire Chief Joseph Barron. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Mayor Thomas Koch (far left) with the other four firefighters who were sworn in at a ceremony Wednesday morning at the Kennedy Center. Second from left: FF James Reilly, FF Joseph Morris, FF Gerard Shea and FF Joseph Keegan. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

Mayor Thomas Koch (far left) with the other five firefighters who were sworn in at a ceremony Wednesday morning at the Kennedy Center. Second from left: FF James Reilly, FF Joseph Morris, FF Gerard Shea, FF Joseph Keegan and FF Anthony Walsh. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

New Quincy firefighters Joseph Morris (right) and James Reilly congratulate one another with a hand-shake after being sworn in at Wednesday's ceremony. At left is fellow new firefighter Gerard Shea. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

New Quincy firefighter Joseph Morris (right) receives congratulations with a handshake from a well-wisher after being sworn in as one of the city’s nine new firefighters. At left is fellow new firefighter Gerard Shea. Quincy Sun Photo/Robert Bosworth

 

 

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