message from Attorney General Ashley Moody
ABOVE VIDEO: Attorney General Moody Alerts Young Drivers During 100 Deadliest Days.
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA – Attorney General Ashley Moody is urging drivers to be careful on the roadways this summer.
Every year between Memorial Day and Labor Day is considered the 100 Deadliest Days for teen drivers. According to AAA, “there is a sharp increase in automobile fatalities involving teen drivers” during this timeframe.
On average, more than 7 people lose their life each day during the summer in a crash involving a young driver.
“Getting behind the wheel is one of the most dangerous things we do on a daily basis, and summer is a particularly dangerous time to be on the road,” said Attorney General Ashley Moody.
“We are in what is known as the 100 Deadliest Days, and I am urging teen drivers to be extra cautious behind the wheel—always buckle up, never text and drive, and obey speed limits.”
Nationally, between 2011 and 2020, an average of 2,063 teen drivers were involved in fatal crashes per year; 31% of those occurred between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
More than 7,124 people died in teen-related summer crashes, with more than seven people dying each day during summer compared to six people a day during the rest of the year.
In Florida, teen drivers were involved in 59,301 crashes that resulted in 290 fatalities and 2,256 serious injuries back in 2018. There are more than 400,000 registered teen drivers in the state.
Major factors in the high numbers of teen-driving incidents and fatalities are poor habits and lack of experience. Impaired driving, distractions from cellphones and other passengers, refusing to wear a safety belt and speeding are some of the biggest causes of disasters on the roads for teens.
One of the most important ways to prevent teen-driving incidents is for parents to engage with their children about safety.
To keep young drivers safe, parents should consider:
Talking with teens early and often about abstaining from dangerous behavior behind the wheel, such as speeding, impairment and distracted driving;
Creating a parent-teen driving agreement that sets family rules for teen drivers;
Going over anticipating other drivers’ mistakes and how to adjust their driving to others; and
Monitoring a teenager’s driving with current technology, by downloading a monitoring app that teaches good driving habits, provides driving reports and lists emergency resources if needed on the road.
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