Teenage drivers, due simply to lack of experience, pose a significant threat to you and other drivers and passengers on the roadway. When teenagers spend more time on the roads, your odds of finding yourself involved in a car crash with one increase as a result. Each summer, when high school students across Georgia take to the state’s streets and highways in droves, the number of fatal car wrecks taking place there increases substantially. The number of people losing their lives on the nation’s roads increases so much during the length of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day, in fact, that the span has become known as the “100 Deadliest Days.”
Just how hazardous is it to be a driver or passenger traveling the roadways during this stretch of time between school years?
Statistics surrounding summer’s 100 Deadliest Days
Each year, about 10 people lose their lives daily in teen driver-involved car crashes that occur during the 100 Deadliest Days, which is a 14% increase over the number of fatal crashes taking place throughout the rest of the year. Fatal automobile crashes involving teenage drivers are also much more common after dark, with 36% of all teenager-involved road fatalities happening between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
While fatal teenager-involved car crashes increase after dark, so, too, do nonfatal car wrecks involving drivers from this age group. In fact, nighttime teenage driver-involved car crashes increase 22% during summer’s 100 Deadliest Days. Teenagers who speed, too, pose an additional threat to society, with speed a known contributor to nearly 30% of all road deaths that result from crashes involving teen drivers.
If you have teen drivers living in your home with you, make sure they are aware of the curfews in place governing their nighttime driving habits. Make sure, too, to properly and diligently educate them about the dangers associated with speeding, drinking and driving, and driving distracted, among other dangerous behaviors.