DANSVILLE, N.Y. (WKBW) — A Dansville car crash that killed four teenagers and left one in the hospital happened during what AAA calls the "100 Deadliest Days".
According to AAA, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has historically high rates of teen driver fatalities. Over the past five years, nearly 3,500 people have been killed in teen driver crashes during that period.
“Crash data shows that teens are a vulnerable driver group with a higher probability of being involved in crashes,” said Dr. David Yang, Executive Director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “And while teens may make mistakes when first learning to drive, it is important to continue educating them about safety behind the wheel so they avoid the reckless behaviors that put themselves and others at risk on the road.”
AAA Foundation research found that nearly two-thirds of people injured or killed in a crash involving a teen driver are people other than the teen behind the wheel. Crashes for teen drivers increase significantly during the summer because teens are out of school and driving more. Over the past five years during the “100 Deadliest Days”:
· An average of almost 700 people died each year in crashes involving teen drivers.
· The average number of deaths from crashes involving teen drivers ages 15-18 was 17 percent higher per day compared to other days of the year.