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100 Deadliest Days for Teen Drivers Is Now Underway, Says AAA

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The 100 deadliest days for teen drivers is underway, according to AAA, as teens are 16 percent more likely to be involved in a fatal crash during the summer months.

About 60 percent of teen crashes involve distractions, with the top distractions being other passengers, cell phones, and other things inside the vehicle, AAA said in a news release.

"Every day during the summer driving season, an average of 10 people die as a result of injuries from a crash involving a teen driver" said Jurek Grabowski, Research Director for the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. "This new research shows that distraction continues to be one of the leading causes of crashes for teen drivers. By better understanding how teens are distracted on the road, we can better prevent deaths throughout the 100 Deadliest Days and the rest of the year."

Almost 50 percent of teens admit to having read a text or email while driving, AAA said. But an even greater risk attributed to distracting passengers may come as a surprise to many.

“We have always known that passengers were a big risk for teens, but what we’re really finding out now is, passengers may be one of the most important risks for teens, even more so than things like texting,” John Ulczycki, the National Safety Council’s vice president of strategic initiatives, told CNN.

The risk of having a fatal crash increases at least 44 percent when passengers are in the vehicle.

The AAA Foundation study, conducted in collaboration with researchers at the University of Iowa, analyzed 2,200 dash-cam videos showing the seconds leading up to a crash.

In 15 percent of the crashes, the driver was interacting with a passenger. In 12 percent, the driver was using a cellphone. In 11 percent of the crashes, the driver was looking at or attending to something in the car.

Live Science noted that in the six seconds leading up to the crashes, drivers spent an average of only 1.5 seconds with their eyes off the road.

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The 100 deadliest days for teen drivers is underway, according to AAA, as teens are 16 percent more likely to be involved in a fatal crash during the summer months.
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