According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the ‘100 Deadliest Days.” It is so-called because of a spike — too glaring to ignore — in crashes, sometimes deadly crashes, involving teen drivers.
In 2016, and again in 2017, more than 1,000 people each year were killed in crashes involving a teen driver during this time period. Officials say this number of deaths represents a 14-percent increase compared to vehicle deaths in the rest of the year.
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety rightfully says, however, that this number can be reduced “through education, proper training, and involvement of parents,” to help young drivers become better and safer drivers.
Officials said speed and nighttime driving are significant factors towards the number of crashes, with 36-percent of all motor vehicle deaths involving teen drivers occurring between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m., and 29-percent of all motor vehicle deaths involving a teen driver being speed-related.
Dialogue between parents and teen drivers can help curb risky behavior, AAA and area law enforcers say. They advise parents to discuss the dangers of risky driving with teens early and often. While we understand that advice to a teen repeated more than once is often greeted with eye-rolling and occasional groans, it is worth the temporary distain if it avoids even one preventable accident.
While words in this case speak volumes, AAA and law enforcers also recommend teaching by example, including obeying speed limits and reducing, if not curbing altogether, distracted driving (including texting). Don’t know how to start the conversation? AAA suggests visiting their website, www.teendriving.AAA.com.