The AAA reports that July 4 is the deadliest day for teen drivers.
“Free from school and homework, teenagers spend more hours behind the wheel in the summer, and four of the days when the most teen fatalities were recorded fall in those months. July 4 tops a list that includes July 9, Aug. 8 and Aug. 14. The end of the school year produced three other dates that made the top 10 — June 10, May 20 and May 23.”
“ ‘Teen driving goes up by 44 percent during the summertime, and during these months, teens tend to drive more often . . .and they have less parental supervision than they do during the school year,’ said John B. Townsend II of AAA. ”
In 2010, 3,115 teenagers ages 13 to 19 died in motor vehicle crashes but the deaths have been reduced.
“The decline in teen deaths has been sharper than the overall drop in highway fatalities, which is attributed largely to the graduated licensing requirements that have been embraced by the District and most states, including Maryland and Virginia.”
“If all states adopted the toughest form of graduated licensing, an additional 500 lives could be saved and 9,500 crashes could be prevented, according to a recent study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.”
What do you think of July 4 being the most deadly day for teen drivers? Does it make you think twice about letting them head out Wednesday night?
What do you make of the graduated licensing? (Does Georgia have that? I got my license in Georgia a long time ago!)