Inexperienced teen driving deaths jump during “100 Deadliest Days”

Summer break proves high-risk for inexperienced teen drivers

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – AAA reports 16 and 17-year-olds are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash.

The days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are considered the deadliest… with seven additional teen driving deaths per day compared to the rest of the year.

AAA East Central spokesperson Tiffany Stanley said, “It’s really important that parents have an open and honest conversation with their teens about speeding, about the dangers of distracted driving, making sure that they put the phone down and also driving at all hours of the night.”

AAA says 36 percent of all motor vehicle fatalities involving teen drivers occurred between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.

During the “100 Deadliest Days”, that statistic is 22 percent higher than the rest of the year.

AAA says the best things parents can do is lead by example.

”Model the type of behavior that you want to see, and they are likely to follow suit,” urged Stanley.

Warren County Sheriff Brett Hightower warns new drivers that many accidents actually happen within 10 miles of people’s own homes. 

“Most people stay within a close proximity of their home. Even though you’re familiar with those areas also comes complacency.”

Hightower’s advice to inexperienced drivers is to follow the speed limit and cut distractions like phones, passengers.  

“The thing I would tell a young driver is to always buckle up. don’t pick the phone up…. Do not try to answer the phone when you’re driving or look at your phone. I have seen multiple situations where that ends very poorly,” Hightower advised.