100 Deadliest Days

We're now in day 1 of the hundred deadliest days for teenage drivers according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. They say the mixture of summer fun, cell phone distractions and free time can lead to deadly consequences.

It's warm out, and kids are off school. For new drivers, it's the perfect time to hop in the car and have some fun, but it's that mindset that makes these next 100 days so dangerous for teens.

"Let them know, 'I don't want to lose you' just the aftermath of losing a child, how horrible that is for everyone left behind."

Judy Hudson, spends hours with teen drivers every day and says during the summer, there are a lot more risks that come with getting in the car.

"Summer time is a time to have a good time so they're kind of more distracted," says Hudson.

Schools out, there are graduation parties, more traffic, more construction and more bad behavior.
The Dane County Sheriffs Office says there's a definite increase in summer accidents, and in underage drinking.

That's why Judy says you shouldn't ignore the topic of teen drinking just because it's illegal.

"If you have a kid who is out drinking that they don't drink and drive and you let them know they can give you a call anytime, and they can pay for the ramifications the next day or whatever," Hudson says.

Hudson's sister was killed by a drunk driver and says it's stories like that, that get through to teens.

"Real life stories, you know, about what can happen, pull it up on the computers."

She shows an Allstate video that says this, "Every year more than 6,000 teenagers go out for a drive and never come back," says the video.

In 2012 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports 1000 people were killed in car crashes involving teens during these 100 days. And the Sheriff's Office says accident rates are highest for first year drivers,

"Whens she first got her license she was in 2 back to back accidents just from not paying attention, you know, being aware of your surroundings," says Edwin Monson.

Monson says even though his daughter is past that first year, it's still scary for parents.

"It's just nervous, nerve wrecking."

Judy says the biggest laws broken by new drivers--not wearing seat-belts, breaking the more than one passenger rule, and texting while driving.

Now more insurance companies and cell phone companies have programs to make sure your teens are being safe while driving, for more information and advice on how to talk to your kids you can click here.

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