100 Days

Posted: July 29, 2011 in Uncategorized

100 days.  Memorial Day to Labor Day, the summer season, is only 100 days.  The  100 days that kids waited all year for, the 100 days that are so hot you are wishing for the cold Nebraska winter and the 100 days that are the most dangerous on the road.

For teenagers, 9 out of the 10 deadliest days on the road occur between May and August. It is a scary thought, that teens across the nation are at risk every time they get behind the wheel of a car. But, as much as you may want to as a parent, you can’t just lock them in their room until they turn 21, you have to let them experience life. There are though a few things you can do to help them keep safe on the road. 

By establishing ground rules for driving, you can reduce the risk of accidents for your teen. Rule number one should be no alcohol. While teens should be taught to not drink, period. It is especially important to talk to them about the dangers of drinking and driving.  Young drivers are at a greater risk for crashing than adult drivers, even with low levels of alcohol in the blood, 31% of teen traffic deaths are alcohol related. If you are not sure how to start the conversation about alcohol with your teen, MADD can help with our Power of Parents Workshops (madd.org/powerofparents).

It is also important to set a no electronic devices while driving rule, texting and talking can wait until you are out of the car. Even better, turn off phones completely while behind the wheel. Also, insist your kids wear seatbelts at all times. Seatbelts are your best defense against a drunk driver. It is also a good idea to limit nighttime and weekend driving for your teen and limit the number of passengers allowed in the car while your teen is driving.

The roads are not only extra dangerous for teens over these 100 days of summer, overall crashes go up during these days. Law enforcement agencies, like the Nebraska State Patrol , plan special enforcements throughout the summer to increase safety for all drivers. Their efforts help to drive down the number of fatal crashes during these 100 days of summer.

It always amazes me how quickly these 100 days fly by, filled with fun family vacations and days so hot we flock to the closest pool, the days of summer slide by until we are feeling the brisk air of fall. It is up to all of us to make sure we are safe on the roads over these 100 days, so we all have many more summers to enjoy.

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