Memorial Day weekend kicks off the most dangerous time for teen drivers

News 12 6 o'clock/ Friday, May 23, 2014

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- As the Memorial Day weekend kicks off so does the most dangerous time for teen drivers. News 12 is on your side with why some experts say the next 100 days are especially dangerous.

Music, food, and fun in the sun brings thousands out to the Lady A amphitheater Memorial Day weekend; but before Caroline Johnston and her daughter Bliss could enjoy the sights they had to drive through traffic.

"It gets congested. People leaving work, packing . People are in a frenzy and anxious," but Caroline Johnston says parents like her aren't the only ones on the roads.

AAA says the Memorial Day weekend kicks off the most dangerous travel time for teens, calling it the 100 deadliest days for them to be on the road.

"I actually know somebody who got in an accident when she was looking down and texting. She looked up, ran into a tractor, and died," said 16-year-old Bliss Johnston.

Experts say it's 5 times more likely for a 16 to 19-year-old to die in a car accident, if two or more teens are in the car.

"It just creates a bad scenario, for something bad to happen," said the mother of Bliss Johnston.

Caroline says laws capping teen riders with teen drivers is a good thing, because the lack of hands on experience.

"One little 16-year-old driver doesn't have the reflexes that an adult maybe would have," she said.

Talking to kids about driving distractions can help curb the chances of your child getting in a wreck and texting isn't the only thing pulling young eyes off the road.

"Messing with the sunroof and trying to get it up. The A\C..basically anything that gets your hand off the wheel," Bliss Johnston told News 12.

So, while this weekend may kick off a dangerous trend for teen drivers, this mom says it's not the only one.

"The energy is out the roof Memorial..any kind of holiday just not Memorial Day," she said.

Seven of the 10 deadliest days are between this holiday weekend and Labor Day for teens according to AAA. Overall Memorial Day weekend claims 400 traffic deaths and more than 40,000 significant injuries.


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