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Triple A Says Teen Driving Crashes Increase in July and August

By Tiffany Matthews

Buffalo, NY – Triple A released a study Thursday on their findings on teen driving during the summer months.

Crash fatalities among 16- and 17-year old drivers average 20 percent higher in July and August than other months of the year according to the Triple A Foundation for Traffic Safety. Their study says less structure, inexperience of teen drivers and less parental guidance are risk factors in crashes. Triple A Vice President Wally Smith says parents must take an active role with teens and their driving.

"Parents should stay involved in terms of instruction, where they're going and who they're taking," Smith said. "This is a period where they're learning how to drive.

"What's at stake is their lives. So, we're encouraging parents to stay involved."

In 2003, the state adopted Graduated Licensing laws to ease new drivers into full licensure. They restrict nighttime driving and the number of passengers for new drivers.