The 100 Deadliest Days of Summer
For teenagers around Tampa Bay, summer is all about beach trips, spending time with friends, and making memories that will become great stories to tell their classmates when school starts up again in the fall.
But summer is also a deadly time for teens. In fact, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is sometimes called the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers.
The 100 Deadliest Days
According to statistics from AAA, over 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers in the summer of 2016. That’s a 14% increase compared to the rest of the year. Teens are already a vulnerable group when it comes to car accidents. Car accidents are one of the leading causes of death among teenagers, according to the Center for Disease Control. In 2016, 2,433 teens between the ages of 16 and 19 were killed in accidents. Another 292,742 were hospitalized. Additionally, teen driving accidents led to an estimated $13.6 million in damages in 2016. Considering that teens only account for 6.5% of the population, that is a lot of damage, injuries, and deaths.
Dozens of Distractions
What makes teens such an at-risk group on the roads, especially during the summer months? In many accidents, dangerous driving behavior plays a role. Distracted driving is one issue. Teens have many exciting things to entice them, from apps like Snapchat to texts from their friends. Thanks to these kinds of distractions, 34% of teens admit to using their phone while driving. Another 48% say they have been a passenger in a car where a driver was using their phone.
Underage drinking also plays in a role in teen-related accidents during the 100 Deadliest Days and throughout the year. Underage drinking is not only illegal, but it’s also very dangerous when teens get in their car after drinking. Teens who start drinking young are seven times more likely than their peers to be involved in a fatal car accident, and ¼ of fatal teens accidents involve underage drinking. These statistics are very frightening, considering that 5.8% of 16 and 17 year-olds admit to driving after drinking, along with 15% of 18 to 20 year olds.
Other dangerous driving behavior, like speeding, not wearing a seat belt, or having too many passengers in the car also play a role in accidents throughout the 100 Deadliest Days. Risky behaviors like these are more likely to occur when teens are distracted or under the influence of alcohol, further highlighting the dangers of distracted and impaired driving.
Driving Tips for Teens
While issues like distracted and drunk driving are problems throughout the year, they become more dangerous in the summer months when more teens are out of school and on the roads. If you have a teen driver at home, here are some tips you can follow to avoid an accident during the 100 Deadliest Days of summer:
- Whether they are old enough to drive or not, talk to your teen about dangerous driving behavior
- Set good examples in your own car and around the house
- Encourage your teen to always call you for a safe ride home, even if they have been drinking
- Set curfews to prevent teen drivers from being on the roads at dangerous hours
Summer is supposed to be fun! Follow these tips during the 100 Deadliest Days to keep the roads safe for everyone on the roads this summer.
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