Traffic picks up during the summer months and so do accidents involving teens. Rose White with Triple-A Nebraska says deadly crashes involving teen are on the rise and increased more than 10-percent from one year ago.
White says, “New teen drivers ages 16 and 17 years old are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash. This alarming finding comes as the 100 deadliest days begin, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the average number of deadly teen driver crashes climbs 15-percent compared to the rest of the year.”
White says last year 100-percent of the teen drivers involved in deadly crashes in Nebraska were not wearing seatbelts. Teen drivers in Nebraska represent only 7.2% of all licensed drivers but involved in 21% of all reported crashes.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of teen drivers involved in deadly crashes increased more than 10-percent from the previous year. White says parents are on the front line of defense in keeping our roads safe this summer and that starts with educating teens about safety on the road. There are three factors that commonly result in deadly accidents for teen drivers – distraction, not buckling up and speeding. Distraction plays a role in nearly six out of 10 teen crashes, four times as many as official estimates based on police reports. The top distractions for teens include talking to other passengers and using a cell phone. Speeding is a factor in nearly 30% of fatal crashes involving teens.