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Teen drivers at risk in summer

With school letting out, many Connecticut teens are looking forward to spending the summer months with friends, but what starts as fun could turn to fatal. As CNN reports, the 100 days following Memorial Day are the riskiest for teen drivers. These 100 days, between 2010 and 2014, have seen more than 5,000 people die in car crashes where a teen driver was present. The summer days are 16 percent more dangerous for drivers between 16 and 19 than the rest of the year.

Part of this is opportunity: less time in school allows for more time behind the wheel. But many experts agree that the real risk factor is passengers riding around and distracting the driver from paying attention to the road. In fact, teens who have a passenger in the car while they drive face 44 percent more danger of being in a deadly car crash than a teen driver without a passenger. With a friend in the car, a teen driver can be distracted for the duration of a trip, rather than just a few seconds a text message can pose.

Yet those seconds can be just as deadly. USA Today reports that 15 percent of teens were distracted by chatting with a passenger in the six seconds before a car crash, and 12 percent of teen drivers were paying attention to their phones instead of the road. While there are laws in many states against both passengers and phone use for new drivers, the amount young drivers focus on their phones while behind the wheel has only increased. Between 2007 to 2014, the use of phones by 16-24 year-olds while driving has gone from 1 percent to 4.8 percent, and when a text is involved, many do not even see the accident coming.

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