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Deadliest days: Police see increase in teen-related fatal crashes

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This week is the start of the so-called "100 Deadliest Days of Driving." This week is the start of the so-called "100 Deadliest Days of Driving."
SPOKANE, Wash. -

This week is the start of the so-called "100 Deadliest Days of Driving."  It's the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day when police see teen-related crash deaths ramp up from the rest of the year. 

The increase is staggering.  AAA says traffic deaths involving teen drivers or their passengers jump 43% between Memorial Day and Labor Day.  The crash risk is highest for teens who just start driving on their own.  They are the ones most likely to get distracted when behind the wheel, and one of the biggest distractions is their phone. 

Trooper Jeff Sevigney, with Washington State Patrol, says teens are at a "big disadvantage" when it comes to driving.  He urges parents to guide their teens on how they should responsibly drive a car and says they should limit their teens' use of electronics while driving. 

There are several different apps that help parents monitor their kids' driving.  AT&T makes one called "Drive Mode."  It's similar to putting the phone in airplane mode, by blocking calls and messages, and it sends notifications to parents. 

Trooper Sevigney says things like that can make a big difference.  "The distractions that drivers face today versus even just five years ago is amazing," says Trooper Sevigney.  "You couple that with inexperience and attitude that it will never happen to me, and it can be a very dangerous combination."

There's a lot more traffic during the warmer months so Trooper Sevigney says it's a good idea to anticipate that you will encounter distracted drivers on the road.    

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