AAA urges teens to use caution during "100 Deadliest Days"

- With schools out for the summer, AAA is reminding drivers to keep safety a top priority on the roadways.

The motor company states the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day consists of the "100 Deadliest Days" of the year for drivers.

Studies conducted by AAA suggest teen drivers are the main threat.

"They're out of school, they're out later, they're hanging with their friends, and when they're driving at night, it's a dangerous mix," said Matt Nawsworthy, public affairs director of AAA's Florida office.

Speed and night time driving are two of the main factors associated with teen driving accidents, according to Nasworthy.

A 2016 AAA study found more than 1,050 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers between the "100 deadliest days."

Chris Meier, a Tampa driving instructor, said he doesn't find it hard to believe.

"They kind of have this sense of indestructibility almost like they're super heroes in the next Marvel movie," said Meier, who has been teaching teens how to drive for 13 years.

AAA recommends adults talk to their teens about traffic safety and lead by example.
 

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