INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The 100 deadliest days of summer have already started. According to AAA, this period goes from Memorial Day to Labor Day weekend.
Research from the National Safety Council shows an increase in traffic deaths so far this year compared to 2014. Research suggests the increase could continue.
One of the main reasons is more drivers are on the road, including teen drivers out of school for the summer break.
The National Safety Council says traffic deaths in the U.S. have increased every month for the past six months compared with the same months in 2014. Teenage drivers have higher rates of crashes per driver and per mile driven than any drivers of any other age group. Most of the time it isn’t the teen driver that’s hurt in a crash. AAA research found that almost two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen behind the wheel.
Greg Seiter from AAA in Indianapolis says a way to help prevent these deaths is for parents to take control and teach teens the right way to drive.
“Distracted driving is a problem for all drivers. We know that, but when you’re teaching your teen to drive and you’re working with that teen, emphasize the importance of focusing on the road, not having the radio on, not eating, not doing things other than navigating,” said Seiter. “That’s what we need to focus on and concentrate those efforts because a distracted driver, that’s an inexperienced driver, is a dangerous driver.”
The National Safety Council says the spike in fatal car crashes this year is partly due to an improving economy. Lower gas prices and lower unemployment rates can lead to an increase in traffic because more people can afford to drive.
In addition, AAA reminds people always make sure every passenger wears a seat belt and never use a cell phone behind the wheel, even hands free.