The 101 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the mostly deadly for teen drivers, according to AAA of Northern California. Teen deaths begin to increase in May and peak in July and August, the organization said.
Check out the four web sites below for interesting statistics about traffic-related teen deaths, as well as advice for curbing them. For example, young people ages 15 to 20 are three times as likely to die in traffic-related crashes than any other age group, reported the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Consumer Reports tested new devices on the market that inform parents about what goes on in their teen driver’s car when they are not looking. Meanwhile, the two other sites are geared toward teens, parents and schools.
- National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, http://nhtsa.gov/portal/site/nhtsa/template.MAXIMIZE/menuitem.cd18639c9dadbabbbf30811060008a0c/?javax.portlet.tpst=4427b997caacf504a8bdba101891ef9a_ws_MX&javax.portlet.prp_4427b997caacf504a8bdba101891ef9a_viewID=detail_view&itemID=7f146a7445258110VgnVCM1000002fd17898RCRD&viewType=standard
- Teen Driving, http://www.teendriving.com
- Consumer Reports, http://blogs.consumerreports.org/cars/2009/05/black-box-in-car-monitoring-devices-teen-driving.html
- Impact Teens, http://impactteendrivers.org
On a similar note, the California Highway Patrol is getting ready for its next Safe Start teen driving class. It starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 24 at the Aptos CHP office at 10395 Soquel Dr. For information, call Officer Hugh Holden at 662-0511.