Teen traffic fatalities increase during summer

first_imgTeens don’t get in more traffic accidents during the summer than other seasons, but when they do the crash is more likely to be deadly, according to data from the Washington Traffic Safety Commission.AAA calls July 4 the worst day of the year for fatal car crashes involving teens, but Clark County teens escaped this year’s holiday without a fatality.That’s not to say the holiday week slipped by without incident in Southwest Washington.A 15-year-old Port Townsend girl lost control of her vehicle Thursday afternoon on southbound Interstate 5 near Kalama. The Subaru Legacy went off the roadway into a dirt embankment and rolled over, landing on its top. Although the teen walked away with a scratch on her hand, her passenger, a 52-year-old woman, was seriously injured and the car was totaled.The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day has been labeled the “100 Deadliest Days” for teens.“I think it’s just as simple a thing as, there are just more kids driving during the summer,” said Trooper Ryan Tanner, Washington State Patrol spokesman. “They’re not in school all day, so there’s more time for them to be driving.”Not wearing a seatbelt, drinking and driving, speeding and distracted driving can all contribute to traffic accidents and traffic fatalities, regardless of age.Even the time of day when teens drive can influence their likelihood of getting in a car accident. Typically, most collisions occur around 5 p.m., when people are getting off work, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.last_img read more