CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s graduation season, and a lot of high school graduates will be celebrating their future, but these special times can turn deadly for teens.
Prom and graduation season are in full swing, but so are the dangers of drinking and driving. Deadly car crashes spike between Memorial Day and Labor Day. It’s known as the “100 deadliest days” for teen drivers.
According to National Highway Safety Administration nearly 1,000 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers in 2012. More than 550 of those killed were teenagers.
A West Springfield father told 22News he plans to keep communications open with his son to avoid a tragedy.
Dave Dombrowski of West Springfield said, “Yeah it’s definitely a concern. I think it’s just a good parent-child relationship. If it’s a difficult position, that the child can come to you.”
23% of drivers between the ages of 15 and 20 involved in deadly crashes had been drinking.
Experts say organizing carpools ahead of time or pitching in for a limo on prom night is a good way to make sure no one is drinking and driving.