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Driving school speaks out about 100 deadliest days for teen drivers

Posted at 6:03 PM, May 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-30 21:19:34-04

Summer hasn't officially started but with teenagers graduating and getting out of school there's a lot going on. 

In fact, the next 100 days are considered to be the deadliest for teen drivers. 

"They have time on their hands," says Paul Hallums, owner of EZ AZ Traffic schools. "They're out doing a lot more during the day because they're not in school. A lot of kids graduated so they're out on new adventures in life." 

According to AAA latest report, over the past five years, 1,022 people died each year in crashes involving teenagers between the ages of 16-19 years old.

60% of teen crashes include distractions. 

  • Talking to other passengers in their car
  • Operating a cell phone 
  • Looking for something inside their car. 

Hallums says inexperience, immaturity and lack of quickly responding during an emergency has a lot to do with the statistics. 

"They extend their presence to their friends," says Hallums. "They're interested in their friends, they're interested in what is going on and getting a message from their friends is important so they allow that to distract what they're doing at the time."

Adding, the biggest cause of accidents is distracted driving and speeding. 

Hallums says that driving school isn't want it used to be because now you have to teach teenagers how to drive without being distracted.