News

100 Deadliest Days For Teen Drivers Coming Up Soon

Nassau County officials hold an event to promote teen driving safety - May 16, 2012 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

Nassau County officials hold an event to promote teen driving safety – May 16, 2012 (credit: Mike Xirinachs / WCBS 880)

BETHPAGE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) - The 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the most dangerous for teenage drivers in America, WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs reported.

WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs On The Story

“Nationally each year, 5,000 teens are killed in motor vehicle accidents. In Nassau County last year, sadly four teens were killed,” said Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale.

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano said that, nationally, 14 teenagers die in auto accidents every day.

Dale cited alcohol, speeding, and distractions as primary causes for teen auto accidents.

County officials held a public event next to a crashed car on Wednesday to drive home the point.

“Don’t drive if you can’t drive… A lot of teenagers drive when they’re emotional. It’s, like, not good. It’s dangerous,” Bethpage High School senior Melissa Tadio told Xirinachs on Thursday. “So just, I guess, just be smart.”

How are making sure your teenagers stay safe behind the wheel? Sound off in the comments section below.