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A few years ago, AAA reported that teen drivers are more likely to get into car accidents during the 100 days of summer than they are at other times of the year. More recently, AAA found that teen drivers put everyone at risk – no matter the season.
In the study published in 2011, AAA reported that car crash data shows that seven of the top 10 deadliest days of the year for teen drivers fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The organization stated that when teens are not in school, they spend more time in cars, often driving aimlessly. As a result, they get into more accidents during the summer than during other times of the year.
On average, 422 teens die in traffic crashes during each summer month. The monthly average is 363 teen traffic deaths during non-summer months, AAA stated. Additionally, between 2005 and 2009, more than 7,300 teen drivers and passengers ages 13 to 19 died in traffic crashes between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays.
Just ahead of Memorial Day 2015, AAA published a new report, “Teen Drivers Put Everyone at Risk.” The “100 Deadliest Days” of summer bode ill for us all, apparently.
“Teen crash rates are higher than any other age group, and this data confirms that the impact of their crashes extend well beyond the teen who is behind the wheel,” Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, states in a news release. “Since teens drive more during the summer than any other season, this insight is a timely reminder to everyone – drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists – to be mindful when sharing the roads with young drivers.”
In the report, “Teen Driver Crashes: 1994-2013,” AAA finds:
In the most recent report, AAA states that an overall decline in teen car accidents can be attributed to graduated driver licensing (GDL) programs such as those in Florida (the first in the nation) and the high cost of gas in recent years.
Parents need to play a stronger role in ensuring that their children are not a threat while behind the wheel, according to AAA.
Suggestions for parents from AAA as well as the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) include:
You may also remind your teen driver that they will be held accountable for any harm they cause in an accident.
If you have been injured by a teen driver in the Orlando or Winter Park areas of Florida, contact our offices for a free consultation.