Safer teen drivers

 

Memorial Day marks the beginning of the 100 deadliest days of the year on our nation’s roads for teen drivers.

Hundreds of teens are killed in car crashes and their families devastated. These deaths are unacceptable, especially because they are preventable. I implore parents to remain vigilant. They play a big role in the fight to end these tragic accidents.

School might be out, but teens still need to be off the roads by 10 p.m., when teen crash risks sharply increase. Although teens might spend more time with friends during the summer months, teens should not ride with or carry other teen passengers. Just one teen passenger increases a teen driver’s crash risk by as much as 48 percent.

Parents, if your teen is out late or with friends, make other travel arrangements. The risk isn’t worth the potential consequence.

I encourage parents to become advocates for their teens’ safety on our roadways. By doing so, this summer can be the safest yet for teen drivers.

Danielle Branciforte, leader, Florida Teen Safe Driving Coalition, Tallahassee

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