AAA: 100 Deadliest Days of Summer

(WBRE/WYOU)  We are entering what experts call the "100 Deadliest Days' of Summer".

  AAA is releasing some alarming new statistics about teens and car accidents.
  

  The Auto Agency says   says fatal crashes involving teen drivers increased more than 10-percent in one year.

    Also, new teen drivers are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly accident.

    Distracted driving plays a role in more than half of teen crashes, and 60-percent of teen drivers killed were not wearing a seatbelt.

 

Three factors that commonly result in deadly crashes for teen drivers are:

  • Distraction: Distraction plays a role in nearly six out of 10 teen crashes, four times as many as official estimates based on police reports. The top distractions for teens include talking to other passengers in the vehicle and interacting with a smart phone.
  • Not Buckling Up: In 2015, the latest data available, 60 percent of teen drivers killed in a crash were not wearing a safety belt. Teens who buckle up significantly reduce their risk of dying or being seriously injured in a crash.
  • Speeding: Speeding is a factor in nearly 30 percent of fatal crashes involving teen drivers. A recent AAA survey of driving instructors found that speeding is one of the top three mistakes teens make when learning to drive.

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