KGUN 9 On Your SideNews


100 Deadliest Days of Driving

Posted at 6:22 PM, Jun 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-14 21:22:13-04
More teen drivers are killed during the summer than any other time of year. According to a new report from AAA, the "100 deadliest days" are already underway. After Memorial Day, the reported number of fatal crashes involving teen drives skyrockets every year. 
The report shows more than 5,000 people have been killed in crashes involving teen drivers during that time period. Nearly 60% of teen crashes involve distractions behind the wheel. With school out for summer, young drivers are spending time on the roads.
The eight-year study found the top reasons behind those crashes is changing.
15% of crashes involved the driver talking to other passengers.
12% percent were talking, texting or on their phones.
11% percent were distracted by something inside the car.
"I've done it before," said Victor Crespo." Especially during high school driving. definitely got caught a few times, looking at my phone changing music."
 The study also found that during the summer, an average of 10 people die from crashes involving teen drivers every day. Two-thirds of the people injured or killed 
  -an average of 10 people die from crashes involving teen drivers every day
  -2/3 of those injured or killed are not the teen drivers themselves.
Some young drivers say with new technology there's no reason people should still be distracted by their phones.
"With all the little Bluetooth gadgets that come in cars, you're phone answering, Bluetooth headsets you're able to talk and drive with one of those devices."
To take the It Can Wait pledge, click here.