The 100 Deadliest Days

The 100 Deadliest Days

What it Means for Teens and Parents
April S. Engram
teen driver buckling seat belt

Summer will be here before we know it! Especially in Western and Central New York, we want to take advantage of the nice weather. Unfortunately, with more people out on the road (especially teen drivers), this time of year is the deadliest when it comes to teen driver fatal crashes.

Over the past 10 years, over 7,000 people were killed in crashes involving teen drivers during the 100 Deadliest Days, the time period between Memorial Day and Labor Day. That’s more than seven people a day each summer.

AAA recently examined 10 years of 100 Deadliest Days data; in New York, an average of 19.6 teens are killed every summer.

Number of Deaths in Crashes Involving Teen Drivers During 100 Deadliest Days

New York State: 2010-2019
Summer Rest of Year Total
196 320 516


“The last decade of crash data shows that teens continue to be over-represented in crashes and summertime marks an increase of fatal crashes for this age group,” said Dr. David Yang, Executive Director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. “Our data analysis has found that for every mile driven, new teen drivers, ages 16-17 years old, are three times more likely to be involved in a deadly crash compared to adults.”

Due to their inexperience, teen drivers are at a higher risk of crashes. According to the new AAA Foundation Traffic Safety Culture Index, about 72% of teen drivers aged 16-18 admitted to having engaged in at least one of the following risky behaviors in the past 30 days: 

  • Driving 10 mph over the speed limit on a residential street (47%)
  • Driving 15 mph over the speed limit on a freeway (40%)
  • Texting (35%)
  • Red-light running (32%)
  • Aggressive driving (31%)
  • Drowsy driving (25%)
  • Driving without a seatbelt (17%)

“Parents have plenty to be concerned about as their teen hits the road this summer,” said Elizabeth Carey, AAA Western and Central New York’s director of PR & Corporate Communications. “Teens are faced with more distractions than ever before leading to deadly mistakes, and parents are the best line of defense to keep everyone safe behind the wheel.”

Teens should store phones out of reach, mind speed limits, and stay away from impairing substances such as alcohol and marijuana. AAA encourages parents to:

  • Talk with teens early and often about avoiding dangerous behavior behind the wheel, such as speeding, impairment and distracted driving.
  • Teach by example and minimize risky behavior.
  • Make a parent-teen driving agreement setting family rules for driving.
  • Conduct at least 50 hours of supervised practice driving with their teen.

AAA recommends enrolling teens in a driver education program that teaches safety skills, including avoiding distracted driving. AAA also has online tools for parents and teens, including and the StartSmart program. 

From defensive driving to in-car instruction to evaluation, AAA’s driving instructors can help all drivers, no matter their experience.  Simply call AAA for information at (800) 836-2582, option 2 or visit:

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