100 deadliest days for teen drivers start Memorial Day Weekend

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EUGENE, Ore. -- The sunny summer months are just around the corner, meaning more drivers will be hitting the road for vacations. The increased traffic on Memorial Day also marks the beginning of what insurance officials say are the 100 deadliest days of the year for teen drivers.

"When we look at the summer months, we tend to see a 26 percent increase in the number of teens dying in traffic crashes compared to the rest of the year,” said Marie Dodds, the AAA Oregon/Idaho Public Affairs Director.

AAA found teens are involved in more crashes per mile driven than any other age demographic.

“If you're a teenager, you want to take extra care to drive carefully,” said Dodds. “If you're a parent you want to sit down with your teen and really talk with them about  what they should and shouldn't do.”

She encourages parents to lead by example: resist the temptation to text while driving, even at red lights.

More teen safety tips from the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles.