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Period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is deadliest for teen drivers, research shows

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Teen drivers are three times as likely as adults to be involved in a deadly crash, according to research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers because the number of deadly teen driver crashes climbs to 15 percent, according to AAA.

Over the past six years, more than 1,600 people were killed in crashes involving new teen drivers, according to AAA.

Researchers believe the number of deaths are related to teenagers being out of school and out on the road.

According to AAA, the top three common factors in deadly crashes for teens,are distraction, not buckling up and speeding.

Teenagers ages 16 through 19 who walk into West Texas Driving Academy tend to believe they are already experienced behind the wheel, according to Ben Rodriguez, an instructor at the academy.

A way to reduce the distraction is by limiting the number of passengers, according to Rodriguez.

"They need to be able to deter peer pressure. You might have a backseat driver tell the teenage driver to race a car," said Rodriguez.

If an adult is hit by a teenage driver, Rodriguez recommends staying calm and making sure no one was hurt.

"Don't overreact because they're young adults. Give them the benefit of the doubt. They're still learning and going through life experiences. Every day on the road is a new day," said Rodriguez.

The research was done by AAA in 2017.

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