TEENAGERS MORE AT RISK OF DRUNK DRIVING CRASHES DURING THE SUMMER

The Fourth of July is now over, which may cause many Tennessee residents to breathe a sigh of relief. Independence Day is known across the country as a day when many people choose to drink and drive. However, the risk of being harmed by a drunk driver has not necessarily been reduced. Summer is a prime time for drunk driving accidents to occur.

In 2013, there were 277 fatalities in Tennessee related to driving while intoxicated, states the National Highway Traffic Safety Association. Although a drunk driving accident can happen at any time of the year, many of these tragic deaths would have happened during the summer. It is even more tragic that teenagers are often the victims of alcohol-related crashes.

According to USA Today, the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day represent the worst time of the year for drivers between 15 and 20 years old. Why is this the case? Many experts believe that the extra free time teenagers have while they're out of school can contribute toward poor driving decisions. This may be especially true if they do not have adequate adult supervision.

During the summer months, teenagers may often be out driving with their friends, going to parties or hanging out in the sun. Any of these activities may involve alcohol. There are almost 50 percent more alcohol-related deaths among teenagers during the summer than any other season.

Young drivers are expected to know the rules about safe driving, particularly when it comes to being under the legal drinking age. A teenage driver may be held liable for damages if he or she causes a drunk driving accident.

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