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The 100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers

The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been dubbed by the American Automobile Association as “The 100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers
May 22, 2012

The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been dubbed by the American Automobile Association as “The 100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says seven of the 10 deadliest days of the year for teens fall between those holidays.

The foundation released a study noting some of the particular dangers facing young drivers -- namely distractions caused by other teens in the vehicle. It found a 16- or 17-year-old driver’s risk of death per mile driven increases 44 percent when carrying one passenger younger than 21 (and no older passengers). The risk is double when carrying two passengers younger than 21, and quadruples when carrying three or more passengers that age. Another big risk is technology: 75 percent of teens acknowledge texting while driving is very dangerous -- but 43 percent admit to doing so. Officials say it is important that parents talk with their teens about the dangers of drinking or texting while driving.

A PIA member in Washington State saw the article about this in last week’s PIA National Newsline and decided to distribute this information to his clients and in the local school district. That’s a great idea. Spread the word! Below are links to items you can distribute:

See teen driving facts: Teen Driving Fact Sheet (AAA Foundation)

Read more on teen driving habits: Editorial: 100 Deadly Days (York PA Dispatch 5/16/12)

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