ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The 100 deadliest days are approaching.
The Florida Department of Transportation says the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is when teen fatal crashes increase dramatically.
St.Petersburg police want parents to talk to their teen drivers this summer.
Sergeant Michael Schade said: “I just want to tell parents that they have to talk to their kids about how serious the dangers of driving, distracted driving and speeding are. any.
The FDOT reports that more than 7,000 teenagers have died during the summer period in the past 12 years.
“Historically for us, the summer months are busier than the non-summer months,” Sgt. Schade said. “So just following a historical trend, we expect it to get worse.”
City of St. Pete’s has seen a relative fatal accident rate over the past five months, as they struggle to reduce the number of crashes at some of their deadliest intersections.
“We have 18 fatal crashes this year,” Sgt. Schade said.
He fears that number will only grow.
“Unfortunately, we’re headed for another bad year,” he said.
For more information on how to talk to your kids about driving safety, you can visit the FDOT website’s 100 Deadliest Days of Summer page.
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