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Teen-driver involved crashes increase in summer months, AAA says

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Posted at 8:53 PM, May 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-27 04:17:14-04

TAMPA, Fla. — More than 1,050 people were killed in crashes involving a teen driver in 2016 during the 100 Deadliest Days, the period between Memorial and Labor Day, according to AAA - The Auto Club Group.

“The reason is we see fatalities related to teen driver crashes increase about 14% over that period of time,” said Matt Nasworthy with AAA.

AAA tries to educate young drivers. Research shows young drivers are at greater risk and have higher crash rates compared to older and more experienced drivers.

36% of all motor vehicle fatalities involving teen drivers happen between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

One in 10 of all motor vehicle nighttime crash fatalities involved a teen driver.

David Herzog raised four children. He says parents must set an example.

“You have a few teachable moments and I was very effective with three of my children. On my youngest one maybe too effective she didn’t want to start driving until she was 22 so maybe I put a little too much fear in her,” said Herzog.

In preparation for the dangerous summer driving period, AAA encourages parents to educate their teens and themselves about risky driving behavior. Parents should:

  • Discuss with teens early and often the dangers of risky driving situations such as speeding, distractions and nighttime driving.
  • Teach by example and minimize your own risky behavior when behind the wheel.
  • Make a parent-teen driving agreement that sets family rules for teen drivers. Consider setting driving limits that are stronger than a state’s law, and enforce those limits.

“You’re teen drivers have been watching you their whole lives if you’re not driving safely they are not going to be driving safely,” said Nasworthy.

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