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Experts warn of ’100 deadliest days of summer’ before teens hit the road

Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 3:46 PM CDT
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BRYAN, Texas (KBTX) - As school lets out for the summer and COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, AAA is telling drivers to be extra careful on the road. The organization says the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest days of summer to be driving.

Mary Jo Prince, the Brazos Valley Injury Prevention manager was on First News at Four on Wednesday.

“When [teens are] not in school, they don’t have a lot of structured program time to occupy their out of school time,” Prince said.

Some of the main causes for deadly wrecks include risk taking, lack of experience, distractions, speeding and lack of seatbelt wearing.

“Seatbelts don’t necessarily prevent crashes, but they are the number one defense against injuries and unfortunate fatalities in the event a crash occurs,” Prince said.

Experts urge parents to have “the talk” with kids, but it’s not the talk you may be thinking.

“We often think as parents of “the talk” before our teens start dating, but more importantly, it’s important to have that talk with them before they start driving,” Prince said. “Remind them that they are behind a 2,000-pound weapon when they are behind the wheel.”

Drinking and driving is also an issue, even with teen, but there are preventative measures parents can take when it comes to this dangerous situation.

“In 2019 alone across the state of Texas, more than 7 percent of the drivers involved in alcohol-related fatal crashes were under the age of 21,” Prince said.

To learn more about the 100 deadliest days of summer and how to talk to your teen about safe driving, click on the video player above.

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