Deadly days of summer driving

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) — AAA says summer is the most dangerous time to drive, especially for teenagers. The group is warning drivers of the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day, calling it the 100 Deadliest Days.

Chief Deputy Allen Jones, of the Champaign County Sheriff’s Office, says, “From experience, summer time does end up with a lot of traffic crashes.”

The report stated, in 2006, 14% more people were killed in traffic accidents during the summer and many of those involved teens.

Lia Znaniecki is a teenage driver on the road, and says the statistics don’t surprise her. 

“A lot of it has been due to just reckless driving I guess, and not really paying attention.”  

Znaniecki says high schoolers can be reckless and only think in the moment, but she understands there are some things you just can’t be prepared for.

“You kind of have to be a defensive driver as a teenager and as an adult and expect the worst in people which sounds bad, but you have to be on your guard all the time.” 

Here is a list of topic conversations AAA says you can have with your teen: 

  • Discuss with teens early and often the dangers of risky driving situations, such as speeding and nighttime driving.
  • Teach by example and minimize your own risky behavior when behind the wheel.
  • Make a parent-teen driving agreement which sets family rules for teen drivers. Consider setting driving limits which are stronger than a state’s law, and enforce those limits.

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