Three Top Reasons For Teenage Driving Deaths

Triple A calls the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day the "100 deadliest days."

The Automobile Association is pointing to the summer months when more teenage drivers are on the road. 

Their study shows 16 to 17 year olds are six times as likely as other drivers to be involved in a deadly crash.

The Chief of Emergency Medicine at Sharp Memorial Hospital, Dr. Joe Bellezo, tells KOGO news they see many patients from car crashes. 

He says most patients they see were buckled in, but it's tough to tell if texting was the issue."It's hard to prove texting was to blame because nobody wants to admit it , teenagers or adults."

He doesn't think scare tactics are the way to get the message through to young drivers.

 But he suggests for parents, the best thing to do is set a good example. "Put the phone in airplane mode, get it out of your reach and turn off the ringer. Once it rings your dopamine is released in your brain and your salivating to know who is saying hi to you."

Triple A's study finds three factors that commonly result in deadly crashes for teen drivers are:

  • Distraction: Distraction plays a role in nearly six out of 10 teen crashes, four times as many as official estimates based on police reports. The top distractions for teens include talking to other passengers in the vehicle and interacting with a smart phone.
  • Not Buckling Up: In 2015, the latest data available, 60 percent of teen drivers killed in a crash were not wearing a safety belt. Teens who buckle up significantly reduce their risk of dying or being seriously injured in a crash.
  • Speeding: Speeding is a factor in nearly 30 percent of fatal crashes involving teen drivers. A recent AAA survey of driving instructors found that speeding is one of the top three mistakes teens make when learning to drive.

Read the entire study HERE.

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