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AAA Reminding Parents that Summer Months are Deadly for Teen Drivers

Vacation from school should not be a “vacation from safety”


BUFFALO, N.Y., June 18, 2012 — For most teenagers, the summer months often represent a time of freedom, but according to an analysis of crash data by AAA, they also are the deadliest months of the year for teen drivers and passengers. During July and August in particular, more than 100 16- and 17-year-olds die in motor vehicle crashes each month. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States and teens are four times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash compared to all other drivers.

“AAA is urging parents of teens to increase their focus on safety during the school-free months ahead,” said Wally Smith, Vice President of AAA Western and Central New York. “By working with their teenage children, parents can help combat statistics and ensure their wellbeing during the most dangerous days of summer.”

There are several things parents can do to help their teenage drivers are kept safe. AAA suggests restricting trips without purpose, limiting nighttime driving and enrolling teens in a summer driving program—as supervised practice driving is the best way for new teen drivers to gain experience. AAA’s In-School Driver Education courses provide 24 hours of classroom instruction and 6 hours behind the wheel with a certified driving instructor.

The Driver Education courses are modeled after AAA’s exclusive “Licensed to Learn” curriculum. Teenagers ages 16 and 17 successfully completing the “License to Learn” program have a 62-percent lower accident rate in New York State.

Summer Driver Education sessions are available at several local high schools and at both the North and South Campuses of Erie Community College. The next available courses at ECC begin July 5. To register or for more information, call (716) 851-1820. A full list of high schools partnering with AAA this summer is available online or by calling (800) 836-2582.

As Upstate New York’s largest member services organization, AAA provides nearly 880,000 members with travel, insurance, financial and automotive related services. Since its founding in 1900, AAA has been a leading advocate for the safety and security of all travelers. Visit AAA at www.AAA.com.

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