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Why are New York teens most at risk in summer?

New York parents may not realize it, but we are now in the 100 deadliest days of summer. The period begins on Memorial Day weekend and is capped off by Labor Day in September.

For young drivers aged 15 to 20, those approximately 100 days are a period of heightened hazards while driving or riding as passengers, states the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).

Fatality rates highest 

The NHTSA notes that auto accidents are the number one cause of death for American teenagers. The 100 days typically experience the highest number of fatalities among teenage drivers.

What makes summer so deadly?

In a word, freedom. Most adults can remember the joy of summer days unfettered by responsibilities. Newly licensed teenagers driving for the first time with friends, distracted by music or animated conversations, can cause or contribute to horrific wrecks.

The youngest group of drivers are the most at risk primarily due to their inexperience behind the wheel. They don’t have to be driving recklessly to contribute to their likelihood of causing an accident. Failing to slow down during inclement weather or not knowing how to scan for highway hazards head can lead to collisions.

Numbers don’t lie

Here in the state of New York, the top reason for kids 16 – 17 to die or be admitted to hospitals without intent is highway collisions. Scarier still, 30% of teen accident fatalities for that age range take place from June through August — the period we’re just about to enter.

Two factors that potentially affect those higher rates are that fewer teen drivers and passengers wear seatbelts and that many had two or more other teens in the cars with them, contributing to the risk of distractions.

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