Thursday, May 28, 2015

Staying safe during the '100 Deadliest Days' for teen drivers

We are entering the 100 deadliest days on the road, for teenage drivers.

The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day, are considered dangerous for teens, as more people are getting out and about on our roadways.

Colorado State Patrol says during the 100 days in 2012, there were about 1,000 crashes nationally that involved a teen drivers. Over 500 of those crashes resulted in a teen fatality.

One way law enforcement is working to keep our teens safe, is through the Colorado graduated drivers license. It includes restrictions for teens, including driving curfews and the number of passengers a driver may have in the vehicle.

According to AAA, an average of 261 teens die during each of the summer months in road crashes. That's a 26-percent increase compared to the rest of the year.

CSP says it's important for teens to always wear a seat belt, don't have extra passengers, keep distractions to a minimum, and make sure to never get behind a wheel while intoxicated.