BANGOR – Summer is supposed to be filled with days at the beaches and fun but it can also turn tragic in the blink of an eye, especially for teen drivers. The deadliest days on the nations highways are between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
Within the past five years, there’s been more than 1,600 people killed in car accidents. Many of those are new teen drivers, who are three times more likely to be involved in a deadly car accident then adults.
“This is certainly concerning, it also comes in an important time of the year when we know that we have now begun the 100 deadly days of summer,” said Pat Moody, the director of public relations at AAA.
Research shows between Memorial Day and Labor Day, the number of deadly teen driver increases 15 percent.
“Fatal teen crashes are on the rise – we’ve seen a 10 percent increase year over year. We want to reverse that trend,” said Moody.
AAA is encouraging families to talk with their kids even if they have been driving for a while. They say it takes about five years before they become average drivers.
“AAA is urging parents to have conversations with teen drivers early and often, making sure they understand the consequences of dangerous behavior behind the wheel,” he said.
Some of the causes are distracted driving, texting and failure to wear a seat-belt.