July 4 Deadliest Day for Teen Drivers: AAA

An average of 18 teens across the country died in car crashes on Independence Day in past years

By Sarah Grieco
|  Tuesday, Jul 3, 2012  |  Updated 4:47 PM PDT
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Teenagers need to be extra careful when driving on July 4, as a study done by the AAA found it is the deadliest day for teen driving.

“July 4 is the deadliest day for teens, but it’s the deadliest day for all drivers,” said AAA spokesperson Jeffrey Spring.

The AAA Summer Crash Analysis found that almost 6,700 teenage drivers and passengers died in car accidents between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays from 2006-2010. It is often called the “100 deadliest days” of driving for teens.

An average of 18 teens across the country died in car crashes on Independence Day in past years, according to AAA. And about 400 teens died in crashes from late May to August, as opposed to 346 deaths in other seasons.

“The summer months are deadlier overall,” said Spring. “Because teens have more time on their hands in the summer, they’re doing more driving on the summer.”

As the odds of teen driving increases, so does the number of teen driving-related deaths.

AAA said the top 5 deadliest days for teens from 2006-2010 were July 4, June 10, Aug. 14, Aug. 8 and July 9.
 

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