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WAVE 3 Editorial - June 5, 2012: Teenage Drivers

By Ken Selvaggi
WAVE 3 Vice President and General Manager

Automobile crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers in the United States. The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is the absolute deadliest for teen drivers.

The Institute for Highway Safety says teen drivers are four times more likely to crash than older drivers.

The least expensive and most effective safety device in any automobile is the seat belt. Buckling up is a good first step in curbing potential traffic tragedies this summer – and beyond. Driving sober should be a given – as well as to never text while driving.

Be an advocate for safer driving habits among teenagers. Over the course of the year, the hours from 10pm to midnight on Friday and Saturdays are the deadliest hours of the week for teens between 15 and 19. Extra parental supervision, particularly then and during the summer, is certainly welcome.  

The amazing potential of today's teens will bring brighter days for all of us. Let's help them realize that potential.

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