Wednesday, June 5, 2019

School has officially ended in Louisiana. It is the time when teens spend more time on the roadway with friends or working summer jobs. The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the “100 Deadliest Days” for teenage drivers. This time period received that title due to a rise in the number of automobile accident fatalities involving teen drivers during that three-month period. It is important for parents of teen drivers to monitor their children’s driving behavior and to lead by example when behind the wheel.

  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) conducted a study that found, in the past two decades, speeding has been involved in approximately one-third of all motor vehicle in the United States.
  • The NHTSA also found that drivers between the ages of 15 to 20 years old had the highest representation in speed-related fatal crashes (32% and 22%) compared to any other age group.
  • According to a Texas A&M Transportation Institute study in 2019, teens are more likely than older drivers to speed and follow too closely more often.
  • The Texas A&M Transportation Institute study stated speed was a factor in 31% of teen driver fatalities Nationwide.

It’s not hard to understand why teens face greater driving risks. Their lack of driving experience can make them underestimate dangerous situations. Now, combine the lack of driving experience with a teen driver who might be impaired, speeding or distracted, and you have a recipe for disaster. Parents, help your teens stay on track and make safe decisions when they’re behind the wheel. The summer months are a time for teens to have more freedom, be responsible at a summer job, just relax and hang out with friends and family, and drive purposely and safely.