Each year during the summertime, fatal and nonfatal crashes involving teenage motorists increase across Massachusetts and the nation. Some of the increase is because more teenage drivers, who lack driving experience, are out of school and on the road during this time. However, much of the increase is due to teen drivers taking unnecessary and dangerous risks.
Per Mass.gov., the stretch of time that takes place between Memorial Day and Labor Day each year is so dangerous that many refer to it as summer’s “100 Deadliest Days.”
100 Deadliest Days crash statistics and dangers
The number of car wrecks involving teenage drivers increases by 43% during the annual span between Memorial Day and Labor Day. There are many different factors contributing to the uptick. Distracted driving and in-vehicle use of cellphones is a major problem in Massachusetts even though the state has laws banning their use in cars by drivers under 18. Many fatal and nonfatal teen-involved crashes also occur after dark. Many of them also involve speed, alcohol or drugs. The presence of other teens in a vehicle also enhances crash risks, raising them by 44%.
100 Deadliest Days crash prevention
Some parents of teenage drivers are doing their part to reduce summertime crashes by making their children sign driving contracts. Driving contracts might stipulate who their teens may drive with and when. These contracts may also contain language about refraining from cellphone use or alcohol abuse when in control of a car, among other possible inclusions.
Any teen motorists in Massachusetts who violate the state’s Junior Operator Law may also lose their driving privileges for a year as a result.