100 Deadliest Days: Peak of deadly crashes between Memorial Day and Labor Day

TUCSON, Ariz. - It's called the 100 Deadliest Days.

In 2016, more than 1,050 people were killed in crashes involving a teen driver between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That's according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. 

Michelle Donati is a spokesperson for AAA. She says, "this is a timely reminder for parents to be actively involved in their teen's learning-to-drive process, and to be educated on their state's teen driving laws."

AAA says speed and nighttime driving are significant factors that contribute toward the number of crashes during the 100 Deadliest Days, and subsequently deadly crashes involving teen drivers. This is based on 2016 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

  • Nighttime Driving
    • 36% of all deadly vehicle crashes involving teen drivers happened between 9:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m.
    • 1 in 10 of all deadly vehicle nighttime crashes involve a teen driver.
    • There was a 22% 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.
  • Speeding
    • 1 in 10 of all deadly vehicle crashes involve a teen driver.
    • 29% of all deadly vehicle crashes involving a teen driver, were speed-related.

AAA says effective July 1st, 2018, Arizona teen drivers will not be allowed to use wireless communication devices, like cell phones, while driving a vehicle during the permit and first 6 months of the GDL phases. This does not apply in emergency situations.

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