Police concerned as traffic deaths increase and more teen drivers get on the roads

Police call the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 7:18 PM EDT
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GRAND BLANC TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJRT) - Police call the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day as the 100 deadliest days.

Nationwide, more than 30% of the deaths involving teen drivers happen during this time frame. Police say this summer is critical for young drivers.

School is just about out for summer -- and that means young drivers will be on the roads much more often.

“The summer is here, the weather is nice, people are out and about. Unfortunately, a lot of teen drivers are inexperienced, they have not developed the skills to be an efficient and effective driver yet, and you throw all that together and you have an increased risk for crashes,” said Grand Blanc Township Police Chief Ron Wiles.

He said this has already been one of the deadliest years for traffic related crashes and the peak time for crashes is just around the corner.

“Across the state of Michigan this year compared to last year, fatalities are already up 40%, serious injury crashes are up 27% and overall crashes are up 12%,” Wiles said.

He believes the problems are more than just inexperience and maturity that cause an average of nearly 100 teen driver related crashes in Michigan every year.

“Not wearing your seatbelt can increase injuries. Speeding, distracted driving, impaired driving. Those are the four big things for everyone,” Wiles said.

He called on parents to lead their children by example.

“When you are driving with your kids in the car, make sure you’re doing things right -- wearing your seat belt, not speeding, using your blinker, stopping at stops signs, not running red lights,” Wiles said. “All of those things play a huge role in increasing the safety of our drivers.”

He said it’s important to talk to young drivers about how to stay safe on the road and check up on their skills even after they get their license.

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