Law enforcement warns about the "100 Deadliest Days" for car accidents Submitted: 06/04/2018
Erin Beu
Erin Beu

Law enforcement warns about the
RHINELANDER - Many schools are out for the summer.

That means more teenagers will be hitting the highways during the summer break.

A new AAA report says teen drivers kill an average of ten people in the U.S. in the summer months.

"The teen drivers aren't in school anymore. They're out and about. There are more of them and there's more of a probability for accidents," said Rhinelander Police Chief Lloyd Gauthier.

Gauthier says the days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are known as the "100 Deadliest Days."
"It's the number of car crashes and fatalities that go up involving teen drivers," said Gauthier.

There's a 14 percent spike in deadly crashes during the summer months than any other time of the year, according to AAA.

Sixty percent of those crashes are due to distracted driving.

"We become complacent up here because we aren't use to heavy traffic year round," said Oneida County Sheriff's Office Captain Tyler Young.

Young says each summer he sees more and more car accidents.

"The amount of traffic has increased over the years and therefore our traffic accidents have increased as well," said Young.

Gauthier says phones, friends, and other forms of distracted driving are often the biggest factors in deadly crashes involving teens.

"Just be alert and conscious of what's going on in front of you," said Gauthier.

Young says there were 140 car accidents in Oneida County during the "100 Deadliest Days" last year.
He hopes this year people will put down the distractions and pay attention to the road.

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