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Advice for teen drivers during the deadliest 100 days

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According to the Washington State Department of Transportation, in 2017, there were over a thousand accidents involving teen drivers in Spokane County. Fatal crashes involving teen drivers jumped 14 percent during the "100 deadliest days" the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day according to AAA.

Nighttime driving is a significant factor, with 36 percent of deadly teen crashes occurring between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.. speed and distracted driving are other contributing factors.

KHQ spoke with Spokane Sheriff's Deputy Craig Chamberlain to find out how Washington state tries to keep distractions for teen drivers to a minimum "We have a probationary license period for teen drivers which really in Washington State has helped us reduce the number of serious injuries," said Deputy Chamberlain

In Washington State, teen drivers are not allowed to have any passengers under the age of 20 unless they are with an immediate family member for the first six months. After that, they may have up to three passengers under the age of 20.  For the first year, teen drivers can't drive between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. unless with a licensed driver who is 25 years old or older. If a driver violates any of the laws, they first get a warning, and for a second offense their license is suspended for up to six months

According to WSDOT, between 2015 and 2017 there were over 3,000 accidents involving teen drivers. Eight of those accidents resulted in fatalities “The big problem with teen drivers is like I said the triple threat: They’re invincible, they're fearless, and the inexperience. There is no way you can compensate more experience on the roadway. When you're dealing with whatever situation you might have in front of you,” added Chamberlain.

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