Deadliest days of summer driving

More teens expected to be on the roads

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) –  Teenagers are being let out of school for the summer, which  means, there will be more teens out on the roads.

One parent told 22News, he’s concerned about teens out on the road. “Definitely worries me that a young driver is going to make a mistake and take their eyes off the road and then somebody’s going to get hurt,” said Leonard McDonald, a father of two from Shelburne Falls.

We are entering the 100 deadliest days for teen driving, the summer months. In 2012, teen drivers were involved in accidents that killed nearly 1,000 people from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

One of the reasons why summer driving can be so dangerous is because more teenagers are out on the roads and according to data, because of inexperience, teens are more likely to be involved in car accidents than any other age group. Other reasons that make summer driving potentially dangerous for everyone are more drivers on the road heading to their summer getaways and construction zones.

One Greenfield resident told 22News, she’s always vigilant, regardless of the time of year. “All the time we should be on the defense and be vigilant about how we drive and who else is driving,” Andi Guy from Greenfield. And that’s exactly what law enforcement is encouraging: being a defensive driver, not  just to protect other people out on the road, but  yourself as well.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are more drunk driving deaths during the summer months than the rest of the year combined.

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