Take Care on the Roads This Summer

May 28, 2019

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, auto traffic is up, and so are accidents. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety studies, more than 10 people per day will die this summer in a car crash involving a teen driver.

New drivers have a lot going against them: A lack of experience, teen bravado, even enhanced safety features work against them by providing a heightened sense of security.

And there’s a new wrinkle for parents to worry about this year: the first summer since the use of recreational marijuana was approved in Massachusetts.

Some more disturbing data uncovered by AAA includes:

• 36% of all motor vehicle fatalities involving teen drivers occurred between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.;

• 1 in 10 of all motor vehicle nighttime crash fatalities involved a teen driver;

• Data show a 22 percent increase in the average number of nighttime crashes per day involving teen drivers during the 100 Deadliest Days compared to the rest of the year;

• 1 in 10 of all motor vehicle speed-related fatalities involved a teen driver;

• 29% of all motor vehicle deaths involving a teen driver were speed-related.

AAA urges parents to counsel their young, exuberant new drivers to take it easy on the roads. And at the same time, parents need to be mindful of their own behavior behind the wheel and set a good example.Teens in Massachusetts are prohibited from cellphone use — an area that drivers of all ages would be wise to implement when driving. It’s summer ... enjoy it, motor wisely, and make it to fall.

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