AAA, ISP send warning to teen drivers and parents

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.  -- Indiana State Police and AAA are sending a message to parents and teen drivers about staying safe on the roads during summer months.

AAA considers from Memorial Day until the end of summer the "100 deadliest days for teens." As school begins to let out, more teens will be getting their licenses and on the roads.

According to national statistics from AAA, an average of 10 people die daily each day as a result of crashes involving teen drivers. Each year, an average of 1,022 people die each year in crashes involving teen drivers.

The majority of those crashes are due to distracted driving, but ISP says it's not just teens using cell phones that are causing dangers on the roads.

“They travel with less of a purpose, so when they’re just out joyriding with their groups friends, maybe going to the movie or parks or whatever they’re doing, it’s easy to get distracted," said ISP Sgt. John Perrine. “Limit the amount of friends that are in the vehicle, because that’s always a bad indicator when there’s a car full of kids and we add some of these distractions," Perrine added.

AAA encourages parents to talk with their teen drivers before they head out on the road.

“It’s really about communicating and making sure that both are on the same page," said Greg Seiter with AAA Hoosier Motor Club.

Click here for tips for teen drivers from AAA.

Click here for safe driving tips from ISP.

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