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STATE SENATOR

Ed Gomes

FIGHTING FOR OUR COMMUNITY

Keep Them Safe--Talk to Your Teen About Safe Driving This Summer

The kids are out of school and for teens with the new found freedom of getting behind the wheel and hitting the road, there are reasons to slow down and have a talk before handing over the keys.

According to AAA, "teens are among the riskiest drivers on the road, crashing four times more often than adult drivers."

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The summer months are notoriously dangerous for young drivers. The time between Memorial Day and Labor Day is often called "the 100 deadliest days" with teen driver deaths increasing by 15 percent.

Across the country each year, 5,600 young people between the ages of 16 and 20 lose their lives in car crashes, making it the leading cause of death for that age group. And the younger the driver, the more likely they are to be in an accident--16 and 17-year-old drivers are twice as likely to crash as their 18 to 19-year-old peers.

So before the kids hop in the car to head to the beach, sit them down and remind them of the dangers posed by distracted or drunk driving, speeding and other unsafe behavior behind the wheel.

It could save their lives and the lives of other people on the road.

Visit teendriving.aaa.com/CT for more facts about teen driving, information about teaching your teen how to be a safer driver, a sample parent-teen driving agreement, and more.