Teen traffic fatalities increase in Summer’s ‘100 Deadliest Days’

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COLORADO – We have just entered the ‘100 Deadliest Days’ for teenagers. Officials say the Summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day generate a 21-percent spike in teen-related traffic fatalities.

Distracted driving is the leading cause of traffic deaths for teenagers. According to the National Road Safety Foundation, the Summer season is the most dangerous time for teen motorists due to driving more, extra time with friends, and cell phone distractions.

Authorities say Colorado is up 4-percent from last year’s 567 traffic deaths, with more than a dozen of them being teens.

They’re urging parents and teens alike to work together to make this the safest Summer ever,

“We’ve got to talk to our young people when they get the keys to the car and explain to them about safe driving and say, ‘look, I’m not trying to hassle you, I’m not trying to give you a hard time; I love you, I want you to be safe,'” says the National Road Safety’s David Reich.

An estimated 1,200 young people will die on our roads this Summer, so please drive safely.

For more resources and information on the ‘100 Deadliest Days’ you can visit Homepage | The National Road Safety Foundation (nrsf.org) or their partner in the awareness project, SADD | .

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