Whereas it does not fairly line up with the calendar season, the interval from Memorial Day to Labor Day signifies summer time for many New Jerseyans.
It additionally generally works out to about 100 days, however for AAA, they’re the “100 Deadliest Days” for teenage drivers.
From 2010 by way of 2019 in New Jersey, these “summer time” days, equating to simply over 25% of the yr, accounted for 29% of deaths in crashes involving teen drivers, together with 81 drivers themselves.
The share distinction is much more stark in neighboring states resembling Connecticut (36%) and New York (37%), reflecting a time throughout which seven teenagers die per day in crashes nationwide, in contrast with six the remainder of the yr.
Based on AAA, drivers aged 16 and 17 are 3 times extra more likely to be in a deadly crash than an grownup driver.
“Children are out of faculty, significantly highschool college students however school college students as nicely, they usually get out on the highway, and younger drivers lack the talents and expertise to be protected drivers,” mentioned Robert Sinclair Jr., AAA Northeast senior supervisor for public affairs.
Nearly three-quarters (72%) of drivers ages 16 by way of 18 recently surveyed by AAA admitted to participating in some type of dangerous habits behind the wheel, led by driving 10 mph over the pace restrict in a residential space (47%) or 15 mph over the restrict on a freeway (40%).
“You mix their lack of expertise and expertise, you mix their being out of faculty and never having lots of structured time and getting out on the highway, and you then throw in these unhealthy behaviors, and it is a system for catastrophe,” Sinclair mentioned.
Most concerningly for Sinclair, 35% of those teenagers mentioned they had been responsible of texting whereas driving, regardless of that follow receiving a lot consideration in native and nationwide public awareness campaigns.
“You possibly can’t do two issues at one time,” Sinclair mentioned. “You possibly can’t take your eyes off the highway and your palms off the wheel with the intention to textual content if you’re behind the wheel. I do not care what age you is likely to be or how a lot expertise you may need.”
New Jersey State Police fatal crash statistics separate victims into teams of 18- to 20-year-olds, 17-year-olds, and people 16 and underneath. Thus far in 2021, 9 drivers underneath the age of 21 have died, however solely one in all them was underneath 18.
Fatalities amongst under-21 drivers had been down in 2020 to simply 21, maybe owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, however there have been 28 deaths on this grouping in 2019, a tempo the Backyard State appears to be monitoring towards this yr.
AAA has previously decried the truth that New Jersey is one in all simply three states that doesn’t mandate a set variety of follow hours for potential younger drivers. Sinclair recommends not less than 50 to 100 hours earlier than a teen receives a license.
“There’s simply actually no substitute for that follow driving and that have, and for the father or mother to stay calm and picked up whereas they’re driving with their teen,” he mentioned.
Mother and father can do their half by modeling good driving habits principally from a toddler’s beginning ahead, in response to Sinclair, they usually can discover extra assets about how one can reinforce good driving habits at teendriving.AAA.com.