Mary Alice Reporting – The weeks between Memorial Day and Labor Day are known as the 100 deadliest days and relate to teen crashes.

Ohio State Highway Patrol data showed that, over the summer time period, in 2020, there were over 73,600 crashes on state roadways with 59% of fatal crashes being OVI-related and 31% attributed to speed.

In Tuscarawas County, during the deadliest days, OSP responded to over 580 crashes.

New Philadelphia Post Trooper Jen Makris says the warm summer weather brings more people out on the roadways.

Which often presents a corresponding escalation in vehicular crashes and deaths. We ask that you do your part to contribute to roadway safety by riding smart and sober.”

Tuscarawas Safe Communities Coordinator Josh Sample explains that youth-involved accidents can be prevented with some safety tips.

“Limiting passengers, eliminating distractions like your phone and making sure it’s off to the side and not on why you’re driving, paying attention, restricting nighttime driving, obeying posted speed limits, and make sure you’re always wearing a seatbelt.”

Parents or guardians can get involved by talking with their teenage drivers about roadway responsibilities, setting consequences or rules, and always being an example of appropriate driving behavior.

Youth-related crashes accounted for over 7,000 people, nationwide, losing their life from 2010 through 2019.

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