Our Community Traffic Safety Program is echoing what AAA Mid-Atlantic declares as the “100 Deadliest Days” as teen drivers enter the summer months.
Nationwide, more than 7,000 people died in crashes involving teen drivers from 2010 to 2019 during the “100 Deadliest Days,” the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day according to AAA. That’s more than seven people a day each summer, compared to the rest of the year (six people per day). The combination of schools closed for the summer, summer jobs and activities, and COVID-19 restrictions being lifted, could prove deadly as teens take to the road this summer. AAA along with our Community Traffic Safety Program recommends that now is a good time for parents to both model safe driving behaviors and help ensure their teens practice them too.
“There are more daily deaths in crashes involving teen drivers during the summer months than the rest of the year because teens tend to have more unstructured time behind the wheel,” said Jana L. Tidwell, manager of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. “So what can be done? We can encourage teens to double down on staying focused when driving, buckling up for every ride, and driving within posted speed limits.”