The likeliness of distracted driving is increased as Prom and Graduation season is upon us. AAA WCNY representatives say this time of year marks the “100 Deadliest Days” for teens on the road.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day the number of fatal crashes involving teens 15-18 years old increases by 17 percent.
For teenagers the end of the school year is a time to make lasting memories, but far too often to these moments are tainted by poor decisions behind the wheel.
“The speeding, the drinking and driving and the distraction are the top three causes of these teen crashes,” said AAA WCNY Public Relations Officer, Elizabeth Carey.
Police say tragic accidents are a stark reminder of the dangers.
“Unfortunately there’s been a few accidents locally over the past few weeks that bring this topic home for a lot of people,” said Orchard Park Police Officer, Kristen Mazur. “It makes it real.”
Orchard Park’s high school and Police Department have teamed up to do demonstrations and presentations for students as the school year winds down.
“We have an accident reenactment where we can show kids what an accident would look like, said Mazur.
And it’s not only a dangerous time of year for teens.
“A lot of times these teen drivers don’t only put themselves at risk but the other people on the roads,” said Carey.
That also includes pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists.
The campaign spreads a sobering message at a time of celebration… but those behind it hope it can save lives.
“If we can make the difference in one child, one student puts that phone down or calls for a ride, that’s a win for us,” said Mazur.
The Orchard Park Police Department will also be hosting a teenage driver safety presentation next Tuesday at the high school. For more information you can head here.