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Deadliest days of summer creates concerns

AAA News Notes

With another school year ending, it’s time to remind parents and young drivers about the increased crash risks that teens face during the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer.” The 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are deadly for teen drivers, reports AAA. Nationwide, an average of 261 teens die in traffic crashes during each of the summer months, a 26 percent increase compared to the rest of the year. Over the course of five years, nearly 4,000 teen drivers and passengers – between 13 and 19 years old – died in traffic crashes between Memorial Day and Labor Day, making this period the deadliest season for teens. Teen passengers can be a distraction for novice teen drivers and contribute to teens taking unnecessary risks behind the wheel. Teens have the highest crash rate of any age group. Drivers ages 16 and 17 are involved in about seven times as many crashes per mile driven compared to drivers in their 40s, 50s and 60s. To help guide parents through the new driver training process, AAA created a helpful website with valuable tips, tools, and practical advice. Visit Teendriving.AAA.com to learn more.