Study Shows 60 Percent of Teen Crashes Involve Distracted Driving
The 100 Deadly Days of Summer began over Memorial Day weekend in Montana. Julie Tomasik with AAA said over the past five years, more than 5,000 people have been killed in crashes involving teen drivers during this same period.
"Research from the AAA Foundation found that 60 percent of teen crashes involved distraction," Tomasik said. "So between 2007 to 2015, there was a study conducted and the end result was a distracting behavior during six seconds leading up to a crash resulted in the incident."
Tomasik said the number one distraction found in the survey was other people in the car. The other top two distractions were texting and looking at something inside the vehicle.
"An average of 1,022 people died each year in crashes involving teen drivers. During the time of that study 16 percent increase per day during these summer months," Tomasik said. "124 people died on Montana roads last year. 224 people died on Montana roads last year and in 70 percent of these crashes, seatbelts were not used."
With Graduation this weekend at area high schools, Tomasik said AAA is encouraging teens to be smart while driving and to buckle up this summer.