NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Historically, the Fourth of July has been the deadliest day to drive in the country, but summer months in general, and especially August, are the most dangerous.
It’s especially deadly for teenage drivers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, between Memorial Day and Labor Day are when there are the most teenage deaths on the roads.
There are more teens driving than during the year, and for recreational purposes, rather than just for work or school. However, some said that’s true for everyone in the summer, not just teens.
Aly Wickline of Northfield told 22News, “I think as it gets warmer out, then people wake up and want to do stuff and I think that’s when accidents happen. You’re excited. You’re blaring your music; you have your windows down, definitely.”
Remember, even if you’re driving safely, others around you may not be, so always be aware of your surroundings.
A key cause of accidents and deaths is texting and driving. This month, police boosted their presence on the road to pull over distracted drivers.