‘100 deadliest days’ for teen drivers begin

In honor of National Teen Driver Safety Week, local parents and teens joined Straight Talk Wireless and Driver's Edge at Six Flags Over Georgia to drive through a custom-created course and learn how to prevent distracted driving, on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014, in Austell, Georgia.

HEATHROW Fla. (MEDIA GENERAL) – The statistics are startling. In 2013, an average of 220 teen drivers and passengers died in traffic crashes during each of the summer months. That’s a 43 percent increase compared to the rest of the year.

Those statistics are being released by AAA to promote safety during what it deems the “100 deadliest days” for teen drivers.

“Everyone has an incentive to keep teen drivers safe during the summer—and all year long—because it makes roads safer for everyone,” said Lloyd P. Albert, AAA Northeast Senior Vice President of Public and Government Affairs in a statement.

AAA reports nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen driving. In 2013, AAA says 371,645 people were hurt and 2,927 people were killed in crashes involving a teen driver.

Crashes involving teen drivers are going down when you look at the trends. In the last two decades, crashes involving teen drivers where someone was hurt or killed decreased by more than 50 percent. AAA attributes the drop, in part, to the implementation and improvement of graduated drivers licensing programs and quality driver education programs.

Despite the overall improvement, AAA encourages parents to talk to their kids about safe driving as we head into summer. There are tips and resources available at TeenDriving.AAA.com.

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