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100 deadliest days of the year for teen drivers

Number of teens involved in car crashes high between Memorial Day and Labor Day Number of teens involved in car crashes high between Memorial Day and Labor Day
There are a lot of distractions that can lead to wrecks according to Lt. Tim Williams of the Mishawaka Police Department."A soft drink, a sandwich, we've seen people reading books," Williams said.

And when school's out, he says the numbers of teens involved in accidents goes up. "Motor vehicle crashes are the number one cause of death for our children."

In 2012, during what's called the 100 deadliest days for teens between Memorial Day and Labor Day, nearly 1,000 people died in accidents involving teen drivers nationwide. 550 of those deaths were teens themselves. During the same time period in 2012, one person died in a crash involving a teen in St. Joe County. That number rose to four last summer.

At Frick's driving school in Mishawaka, instructor Bill Wagner says it's sometimes hard to get the message through to teens. "They literally think it happens to other people and if it happened to them they wouldn't get hurt."

Wagner says you have to be honest about the consequences. "Sometimes you just have to give them the facts of life. You have to give them physics.  If you do this, if you hit a tree at this speed, this is what you can expect, " he said.

He also says ultimatums can work. Something a mom like Jessica O'Connor can relate to. "I would definitely take the car keys away, also the car. Perhaps even show him a video of what happens if you don't do that," she said.

For more tips for teens on safe driving, check out this website: http://www.safercar.gov/parents/teendriving.htm
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