The “100 Deadliest Days” is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day when fatal teen crashes increase dramatically. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, nationwide more than 7,000 people died in teen-related crashes from 2011–2020 during this summer period. In 2021 alone, 900 people were killed in these types of crashes, a 6% increase from the previous year and a 25% increase over pre-pandemic 2019.
In the Metro and across the country teens drivers have a higher rate of fatal crashes.
Destination Safe, Drive to Zero and the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety encourage you to keep these tips in mind this summer and beyond.
Stop speeding before speeding stops you!
Think you’ll make up time by speeding? Think again. Aggressive driving plays a role in nearly half the deaths on the roadways in our area. Even just 5 miles over the speed limit could mean the difference between a near miss and a hit. Better to arrive alive and late than not at all. Slow down and back off.
Watch for walkers and bikers.
Pedestrian crashes are on the rise. A pedestrian was killed every 81 minutes in traffic crashes in 2020. Sobering statistics! Pay attention and watch for people who are walking or riding.
Buckle up for every trip, every time.
In 2021, in the K-C region alone 41 percent of deadly crashes involved people NOT wearing a safety restraint. Using your seatbelt cuts your risk of dying in a crash by 45 percent. No Excuses! Even if you’re just going down the road or it’s uncomfortable…buckle up for every trip, every time.
When you’re behind the wheel stay focused, put your phone down and just drive.