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Teen drivers at highest risk during '100 deadliest days' of summer

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

As Memorial Day weekend comes to end, the next 100 days on the road are considered to be the most dangerous for teen drivers.

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day, AAA said fatal crashes increase as much as 15 percent, and the most likely to be one of those victims are teens.
 
“Distracted drivers [are] people who are not paying attention and will rear end you or will do something even worse," said Jay Wright. 

For the second straight year, the National Safety Council estimates there will be over 400 deaths on our nation’s roadways this Memorial Day weekend. 

According to AAA, the most vulnerable to these fatal crashes are new teen drivers between the ages of 16 and 17 who are three times as likely to be involved in a fatal crash during this stretch of time than an adult.

They add that distracted driving played a role in nearly 6 out of 10 crashes involving teens.
 
Just last week, four teenagers from Stoughton were killed in this crash in East Bridgewater after their car flipped over and hit a tree.

As the investigation continues, police believe speeding was a factor.
 
Back in 2016, which is the most recent collected data, there were nearly 3,500 traffic fatalities, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

While cell phone use isn’t all to blame, the safety administration said 481 thousand of the cars you see driving around were being driven by someone using their phone.

One more thing from AAA regarding distractions, while obvious, is that cell phones  are the leading cause of these crashes.

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