100 Deadliest Days

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Did you know, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is referred to as the "100 Deadliest Days" for teen drivers?

Since 2010, the "100 Deadliest Days" has claimed the lives of over 1,000 people each year in crashes involving teen drivers. Studies show that during this period teens are driving more frequently on unfamiliar roads and are carrying multiple passengers. Many parents and teens don't realize that passengers are very distracting and increase the risk of a teen driver having a fatal crash by 44%.

​Remember, if you are under age 18, you may carry only one passenger under age 21, unless accompanied by a licensed parent, or other adult acting in place of a parent, in the front passenger seat. However, after you have held your license for one year, you may carry up to three passengers under age 21 in the following situations:

  • Travel to and from a school-sponsored activity;
  • A licensed driver 21 or older is in the front passenger seat; or
  • In case of an emergency.

The Virginia Beach Police Department wants you to talk with your teenagers about the dangers of driving and ensure that everyone Arrives Alive!  

  • Slow Down!  29% of all fatal crashes involving a teen driver are speed related.

 

  • Make a Driving Agreement! Make an agreement with your teen driver that sets rules and boundaries. Consider making these rules stronger than state laws. Ensure there are consequences in place for violating these rules.

     
  • Don't Drive After Drinking!  Every 51 minutes, someone in the United States dies in an alcohol-impaired-driving crash.

     
  •  Buckle Up!  Every Trip & Every Time!  Everybody aboard must agree to wear their seatbelts when they are riding in or driving your vehicle.
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