Now that summer vacation is here, it means more teens will jump on the roads. However, parents should remind their kids to drive safely. That’s because between now and Labor Day, we’re in the 100 Deadliest Days.
WFSB reports that until Labor Day, people have an increased chance of dying or becoming injured in a car accident. Actually, around this time is the most fatal for teenage drivers.
The chances of teens dying or becoming injured in a serious crash increases by 14 percent around this time of year.
However, their chances go up at night by 22 percent. A good portion of fatal crashes or those with serious injury happen between 11pm and 5am.
In 2016 alone, AAA says over 1,000 people died in crashes involving teenagers. That amounted to 10 deaths per day.
Nearly a third of all those crashes involving teen drivers involved speeding.
The 100 Deadliest Days isn’t a new phenomenon. But, it is one that steadily grows worse year after year.
AAA urged parents to make sure their teen drives responsibly and without distraction. Spokesperson Amy cautioned:
“The number of fatal crashes involving teen drivers during the summer months is a significant concern for AAA and our traffic safety partners across the state. The victims of these crashes is often someone other than the teen driver so this is a time period where everyone is at increased risk.”
In our state, 40 people died over the past 5 years during the 100 Deadliest Day. 12 just from last year alone.
Parents should make sure their teen always drives wearing a seat belt and keeps their phone out of sight and reach. State Police also advise going over the rules of the roads as an added precaution.
With it being summer, all teens want to do is hang out with friends and are genuinely excited about having no school. And, with that, comes constant distractions or impulsive and sometimes reckless behavior.
They want to get to their destination as fast as possible and make the most of their time.
Teens think they’re invincible. We all thought that at one point.
Parents need to discourage their kids from developing bad driving habits and find a way to let them know there’s absolutely no shame in driving safe.
Donna Jenne, who lost both her children in 2007, says parents should definitely have those talks with their kids. Her children, Anthony and Jessica Apruzzese, died when grabbing breakfast with a friend because water issues cancelled school that day.
Their car crossed the center lane after clipping a boat being towed by another car and hit a truck head on.
This crash happened before the state ushered in graduated license laws.
Michael Bzdyra, Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner, says parents need to remind their teens:
“The first year a teen has a drivers license, you can’t have anybody in the car with you. You can’t be out later than 11 p.m.”
So, parents, do your part to end the 100 Deadliest Days. Even if your teen shouts that you’re embarrassing them and that they hate you, remind yourself you’d rather have that than the alternative.
Do you think crashes are getting worse? Is it because of cell phones? Or, do you think people are driving safer than they did 10-30 years ago?