Each year when school ends for the summer, teen drivers take to Indiana’s roadways in droves. Many of these teen drivers lack the experience older drivers have. Many of them also admit to engaging in dangerous behaviors that increase the chances of crashes, injuries and fatalities.
Per AAA, the “100 Deadliest Days” refers to the stretch of time between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year, when the majority of teenagers are out of the classroom and often out on the road. Over a recent 10-year period, 243 people died in Indiana crashes during the 100 Deadliest Days span.
100 Deadliest Days statistics
Between 2008 and 2018, 3,800 people died across the nation following involvement in crashes with teenage drivers during the 100 Deadliest Days of summer. This amounts to at least seven deaths per day during this span. Younger teens face a particularly high risk of crashing. Research shows that teenagers who are 16 and 17 are three times as likely to find themselves involved in a deadly crash as adults.
While more teen drivers mean more teen-involved crashes, many behaviors common among this age group also raise crash risks. Teens who drive with teenage passengers present are more likely to find themselves involved in a deadly crash due to the distraction factor. Teens who speed or drive under the influence also contribute to many crashes during summer’s 100 Deadliest Days.
Parents may be able to help improve roadway safety by limiting when and where their teens drive. They may also want to restrict teen drivers from driving with young passengers present until they garner more driving experience.