Fatalities involving teen drivers rise during "100 Deadliest Days"

By: Lanetra Bennett I WCTV Eyewitness News
June 8, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- It's summertime, and researchers call it a deadly time when it comes to teen drivers on the road.

We're now in the beginning stages of what's known as the "100 Deadliest Days,"; the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

AAA says an average of ten people a day are killed in crashes involving a teen driver.

AAA says more than 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving a teen driver in 2016 over the summer. They say that's a 14 percent increase compared to the rest of the year.

Experts say, and parents agree, that now is the perfect time to stress the importance of preparing and educating inexperienced drivers.

One mother of a 16-year-old, Cricket Branch, said, "It's pretty scary, pretty worrisome. I think there should be more training for them."

Madison Branch, 16, said, "Very, very scary, especially if you have somebody with you. It's very scary."

Antoinette Young, a mother of a 15-year-old son and 12-year-old daughter, said, "It's the texting. They'll hear that beep or they'll hear that click or whatever the case may be. It's like they need immediate gratification."

AAA says many fatalities involving teen drivers occur at night, and many of the deadly crashes were speed-related.

Experts say discuss with teens early and often the dangers of risky driving such as speeding, distractions, and nighttime driving.

Also, parents are urged to teach by example and minimize their own risky behavior when behind the wheel.

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