If you are traveling this Memorial Day be sure to pack your patience, as thousands are expected to travel through the Wabash Valley.
And while some may think of Memorial Day as the unofficial start to summer, it’s also the start of something dangerous.
Memorial Day weekend is the start to the “100 deadliest days for teens,” and law enforcement has tips to keep your young driver safe.
During the next 1 hundred days teens are more likely to lose their life due to an accident.
Car crashes are the number 1 killer of teens.
A majority of the crashes are due to distracted driving such as speeding and texting.
Other factors include not wearing a seat belt and driving while under the influence.
“Teenagers inherently under estimate the risk of driving, under estimate the how dangerous driving can be out here and they have the ultimate, ‘hey it’s not going to happen to me because I’m a teenager,’ Sergeant Joe Watts said.
Those are deadly combinations if you don’t use common sense. What we are also asking parents to do is instruct your children. If you’re a parent don’t be driving down the road texting and driving and showing this example to your children.”
Over the past five years triple a reports that more than 5 thousand people have been killed in crashes involving teen drivers during the 100 deadliest days period.
AAA also reports that crashes involving teens, jump 13 percent, in between Memorial Day and Labor Day.