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AAA: Deadly Crashes Involving Teen Drivers Spike During Summer Months

BOSTON (CBS) -- A new report is warning that teen drivers are more likely to get in fatal crashes during what it calls the "100 deadliest days" between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

The report from AAA says deadly accidents involving teens increase as the weather warms up, and that 1,600 people have died in crashes involving inexperienced teen drivers in that summer period.

"We typically see a 15 percent spike in deadly teen crashes during the summer months," Ryan said.

That's due in part to more students being out of school and on the road, according to the report.

The study also says 16- and 17-year-olds are three times more likely than adults to be involved in a fatal crash.

"They're more likely to take risks behind the wheel, including speeding, driving distracted, and not wearing their seatbelts," said AAA Director of State Relations Jennifer Ryan.

AAA is encouraging parents to talk to their teens about speeding and distracted driving, to set rules for safe vehicle operation, and to teach them to avoid risky driving behavior by example.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030's Carl Stevens reports

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