AAA reminds parents of ‘100 deadliest days’ for teen drivers

LODI, Wis. (WMTV) - The ‘100 Deadliest Days’ falls between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the number of crash fatalities involving a teen driver historically rise.

AAA reports in the past five years nearly 3,500 people have died in crashes involving teen drivers.

A new AAA study found the major factors contributing to the fatal teen crashes during the summer driving period are speeding, drinking while driving, and distracted driving.

“Things that are dangerous for every driver like distractions or speeding or impairment are that much more dangerous for them because it's compounding that inexperience component,” said AAA Director of Public Affairs Nick Jarmusz.

Newly licensed driver Savannah Burgess obtained her driver’s license on her 16th birthday nearly two weeks ago.

“It's really helpful knowing that if I need to go somewhere I can just go myself and not have to ask my mom for a ride,” said the Lodi High School sophomore.

She took driving lessons from Scenic Valley Driving School which she says aided her efforts in passing her driving test.

“There’s so many things that you don’t think about when you don’t like driving,” Burgess said.

Her instructor, Kyle Kearney, owns Scenic Valley Driving School and says the reason he started teaching driving lessons is because of what he saw when working in law enforcement.

“I saw firsthand the devastating results of crashes,” said Kearney. “There’s things that I saw and heard and witnessed that I will never be able to forget.”

Kearney says many of the crashes he responded to were ones which could have been avoided.

“They were always caused by the same predictable mistakes over and over and over again,” said Kearney. “Getting your license could be the worst thing that ever happened to you if you don't learn the proper ways to drive.”