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Teen drivers more dangerous during "100 Deadliest Days"

It is common knowledge that teen drivers are not always responsible behind the wheel. However, a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety concluded that the number of fatal crashes involving teen drivers is particularly high during the "100 Deadliest Days," which refers to the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day and is typically a dangerous time to be on the road for all motorists.

The study revealed that fatal teen driver car accidents increase by 15 percent during this time period compared to other times of the year. Statistics over the past five years show that over 1,600 people were killed in teen driver accidents during the "100 Days."

Why are so many teens causing fatal accidents? According to the AAA Foundation, the three major issues for teen drivers are distracted driving, speeding and failing to wear a seatbelt. Out of all the deadly accidents involving teen drivers, close to 60 percent involved some form of distraction. Talking to other passengers and using smartphones appear to be the most common. Speeding played a role in about 30 percent of deadly crashes.

When accidents involving teen drivers occur in West Virginia and elsewhere, families are oftentimes forced to deal with the loss of a loved one. The AAA Foundation encourages parents to set rules for their teen's driving behaviors and to lead by example. Experts hope that over time the number of teens involved in deadly car accidents in will decline and many lives will be saved.

Source: Travelers Rest Tribune, "Teen Drivers Three Times as Likely to be Involved in a Deadly Crash, Study Shows," June 5, 2017

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