Wednesday, September 27, 2023

The ‘100 Deadliest Days’ has started. Find out how to stay safe on the roads

AAA named the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day as “100 Deadliest Days” because of the nationwide spike in teenager-involved vehicle crashes that occurs during that time.

The “deadliest” designation is based on data analyzed by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. The statistics have lead to AAA pushing for more awareness among parents of teen drivers, said David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety

“The number of fatal crashes involving teen drivers during the summer is an important traffic safety concern and research shows that young drivers are at greater risk and have higher crash rates compared to older and more experienced drivers,” Yang said. “Through education, proper training, and involvement of parents, we can help our young drivers to become better and safer drivers, which in turn keeps the roads safer for everyone.”

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Speed, nighttime driving, and distractions are significant factors contributing toward the number of crashes involving teen drivers during the 100 Deadliest Days, according data from the 2016 National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System.

Nighttime Driving:

  • 36 percent of all vehicle fatalities involving teen drivers occurred between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.
  • 1 in 10 of all vehicle nighttime crash fatalities involved a teen driver.
  • Data show a 22 percent increase in the average number of nighttime crashes per day involving teen drivers during the 100 Deadliest Days compared to the rest of the year.


  • 1 in 10 of all vehicle speed-related fatalities involved a teen driver.
  • 29 percent of all vehicle deaths involving a teen driver were speed-related.

“Not only are risks, like nighttime driving, a particular danger to young drivers, nearly every state also has a law restricting how late teens may be out on the roads,” said Georjeane Blumling, vice president of public affairs for AAA Tidewater Virginia. “This is a timely reminder for parents to be actively involved in their teen’s learning-to-drive process, understanding the risks and to be educated on their state’s teen driving law.”

In preparation for the summer driving period, AAA has encouraged parents to:

  • 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 that sets family rules for teen drivers. Consider setting driving limits that are stronger than a state’s law, and enforce those limits.

The online AAA StartSmart program also offers great resources for parents on how to become effective in-car coaches as well as advice on how to manage their teen’s overall driving privileges.

AAA has a teen driving website with a variety of tools, including licensing and state law information, to help prepare parents and teens for not only the dangerous summer driving season, but also all year long.


John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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