100 Deadliest Days for Teens Now Underway
Now that Memorial weekend is over Triple AAA officials call the the days between Memorial day and Labor day the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers. Over the past five years, more than 1,600 people were killed in crashes involving inexperienced teen drivers during the time period.
Triple A officials say motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers. Per miles driven, teenagers have the highest fatality rate of all other age groups except drivers over the age of 80. A significant cause of teen driver collisions is the number of passengers under 21 in the vehicle. The risk of a collision increases 44 percent when a 16-17 year-old driver has a teen passenger in the vehicle, doubles with two teen passengers and quadruples with three or more teen passengers.