Teen drivers face their ‘100 Deadliest Days’ on the road

Motorists — especially the youngest drivers — are in the danger zone. The roughly three-month period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has historically seen a rise in fatal accidents involving teen drivers, since they’re out of school and driving more — leading AAA to label these late-spring and summer months “The 100 Deadliest Days.”

Nearly 3,500 people have been killed in crashes involving teen drivers over the past five years — an average of almost 700 a year — during those “100 Deadliest Days,” according to data from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Over those five years, the average number of deaths from crashes involving drivers aged 15 to 18 was 17% higher per day during that period compared with the rest of the year.

And it’s not just teens being injured or losing their lives in these accidents: AAA Foundation research found that two-thirds of people hurt of killed in crashes involving a teen driver are people other than that driver, according to an AAA release.

According to new crash data from 2013 to 2017, the major factors leading to fatal teen crashes during the summer period are speeding (28%), drinking and driving (17%) and distraction (9%).

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