The “100 Deadliest Days” of the year have officially started when it comes to teens on the roadways, according to AAA.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the number of teen crash fatalities climb.
In 2013, over 2,900 people were killed in crashes that involved a teen driver – 28 of those were in West Virginia and 95 in Ohio. AAA said nearly two-thirds of the people injured or killed weren’t actually the teen behind the wheel.
Police said while summer is a fun time for teens, there are things they need to be cautious about.
“We’re asking, especially our youth to pay attention, and enjoy the time, but you have to be extra careful,” said Wheeling Police Department Deputy Chief Marty Kimball. “You have to think about what you’re doing, and exercise caution at all times. Even if you’re distracted for a second or two, that’s all it takes for a deadly accident to occur.”
There is some good news though, over the last 20 years, the number of fatal crashes involving teen drivers decreased by 56 percent.
Parents can find a driving agreement and more information on TeenDrivingAAA.com.