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‘100 Deadliest Days” for Teen Drivers Approaching

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 15, 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.

Denise Gallagher, a 46-year-old child care provider in Philadelphia, is paying a terrible price for not knowing more about the dangers of teen driving. She lost her 18-year-old daughter, Lacey, in a one-car crash a few hours after Lacey’s prom in 2007. Lacey, who wasn’t driving, was in a car with six other teens that crashed on the Pennsylvania Turnpike around 2 a.m., ejecting five of them from the vehicle. All six were injured, but Lacey was the only one killed. Gallagher says the crash was caused by drowsiness or distraction, or both.

For young drivers, May marks the beginning of the season of high peril. Its prom and graduation time, when many teenaged drivers ask for and receive expanded driving privileges. And it’s the cusp of summer vacation, when the stakes are extremely high for young drivers. Officials say that’s why it is important especially during this time of year that parents talk with their teens about the dangers of drinking or texting while driving.

Read more deadly teen driving: Parents Urged to Make Contract with Teen Drivers (Detroit Free Press 5/14/12)

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