Car crashes are the number one cause of death for children and young people under the age of 35, and a recent study reveals that Independence Day is the deadliest day of all for youth. Crash data analysis by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety discovered that the 4th of July is the date with the highest number of car accident deaths of teenagers nationwide. The day is also dangerous for drivers and passengers of other vehicles traveling in close proximity to teen drivers.
More than 800 people were killed in car crashes on the 4th of July between 2006 and 2010. About 10 percent of fatalities were teenagers. Based on these figures, it has been projected that 140 people will die from July 4th auto accidents this year. Driver error, speeding, and distracted driving are cited as some of the top causes of such auto accidents.
To help lower the death rates of teens due to car accidents, Congress recently passed the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Bill that includes incentive monies for states that adopt graduated driver licensing laws. Such laws require teen drivers to gain experience under the supervision of more experienced drivers before receiving their full license. It is estimated that such laws can reduce vehicle collision fatalities by as much as 40 percent and save 2,000 lives a year.
There are several things that parents can do to help keep their teens safe on the road. One suggestion is to discuss the risks and responsibilities of driving with children starting at a young age and continuing the dialogue as they learn how to drive. Parents should also take their time with the training process, ensuring that their teens are fully prepared for every type of situation. Finally, parents should serve as positive role models for their teens by always wearing seat belts, keeping calm behind the wheel (and never engaging in road rage), following traffic laws, and refraining from distracted driving.
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