Memorial Day to Labor Day: 100 deadliest days for teen drivers

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Beginning in May, teenage drivers face the deadliest 100 days of the year for young motorists, and according to safety experts, text messaging and other cellphone related distractions are at least partially responsible. In the time between Memorial Day Weekend and Labor Day, teenage drivers face a greater risk of being involved in a fatal car accident than at any other time throughout the year, safety experts say. Safety experts speculate that teenage drivers are more likely to be involved in fatal automotive accidents because they are unsure of how to handle high-risk situations and often respond incorrectly then cause more damage by attempting to amend their original mistake. The newest threat posed to teenage drivers is the distraction offered by handheld electronic communication devices. While only 3 percent of teenagers profess to believe that texting while driving is perfectly safe, an additional 40 percent admit to engaging in the practice despite the danger, according to the results of a recent survey. A new public safety awareness advertising campaign titled “It Can Wait” hopes to reduce these numbers by encouraging teenage drivers to put away their phones until they arrive at their destinations. According to safety experts, sending a text message takes a driver’s eyes away from the road ahead for an average of five seconds. If a car is moving at 65 miles per hour, it travels the length of a basketball court every single second.