AAA Says Summer Is Risky Time for Teen Drivers

AAA claims summer is the riskiest time of year for teen drivers. Driving too fast and not wearing a seat belt are two risky behaviors new 16- and 17-year-old drivers take on, according to AAA Ohio's Kimberly Schwind.

"If we can reduce distraction behind the wheel, we can teach our teens to wear their seat belt, and we can tell them to slow down," said Schwind, "then we can help to save lives on our roadways."

She said teen drivers are three times as likely to be involved in a deadly wreck, and that AAA considers the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the 100 deadliest days for teen motorists. 

Additionally, Schwind said 75 percent of wrecks involving teen drivers happen after sunset and before midnight.

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