Summer months deadliest for teen drivers

By: Kylie Dixon Email
By: Kylie Dixon Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, TX-- "Start my car, I turn on the music I want to listen to and I put my phone in my cup holder. That way I don't touch it, I don't text, I'm not tempted to do anything with it."

Mary Parker is a responsible 18-year-old driver. A recent graduate from Denison High School, she said, she has too many plans for her future, to put herself at risk when driving.

Last year one of her friends was in a car accident because of texting while driving.

"It's definitely an eye opener, that it is real and that it can happen to all of us," Parker said.

According to AAA, the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest for 16-to-19-year-old drivers.

During the summer months, almost 400 teenage driver accidents are fatal. And during the school months only 346 teens die.

One major reason, teens have lower seat belt use rates than adults.

"It's not worth it, to even drive distracted in anyway. Whether your impaired, messing with a cell phone, texting, it just doesn't matter. It's not worth it." explained Ron Barton.

He lost his 4 year-old-daughter to a drunk driver,11 years ago. He currently is the Grayson County "Mothers Against Drunk Driver's" (MADD) Coordinator. His mission is to bring to light and to encourage people to make smart decisions, before they get behind the wheel.

"One out of 4 people, somehow, in a drunk driving crash or an impaired driving crash, and that's too close. That's too close for comfort. We can change that dramatically, you and me and anyone listening, by just simply getting rid of the risk."

We asked Parker if she could give her peers one piece of advice to keep them safe, what would she say?

"I would say if that person wants to text you or talk to you then they are still going to text or talk to you after your finished driving."

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