'100 Deadlies Days' for Teen Drivers: Memorial Day Weekend Through Labor Day Weekend
There is an increase in the number of drunk driving crashes and fatalities, for both adults and teens, during the '100 Deadliest Days' of the year. During the time period that spans from the start of Memorial Day weekend through the end of Labor Day weekend more people choose to celebrate summer holidays by drinking alcohol and then get behind the wheel of a vehicle. On average 422 teens die in US traffic collisions every month during the summer.
This kind of data begs the question, "why are the 100 deadliest days so deadly?"Summer equals freedom for teenagers. Freedom from the regularity of school and from scheduled life in general. Unfortunately, summer can also be a dangerous time for teens who are in automobiles. In fact, traffic fatality is the leading cause of death for US young people, with markedly higher numbers of car crashes involving teens occurring during the months while school is not in session.
An inexperienced driver who may be distracted by friends in the car and impaired by celebrations that include alcohol and drugs is a deadly combination. Coupled with no school, few responsibilities, and these factors create a lot of opportunities for collisions during the 100 deadly days.