The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety calls July 4th the deadliest day of the year for teenagers on the roads
Statistics show the Independence Day holiday surpasses other holidays, even prom and graduation, in deadly accidents for teenagers and the drivers with them.
This is a warning all parents need to think about.
July trends as one of the deadliest months for all drivers on the roads, but factor in teenagers and the numbers that have just been released are really are scary.
Between 2006 and 2010, more than 800 people were killed on July 4th and if the projections remains true this year, 140 people would lose their lives this on this year's July 4th due to car crashes.
In Florida in July of 2010, 195 people were killed in car crashes.
The main cause of the crashes are distractions like switching radio stations, interacting with friends or texting and driving.
Lawmakers are trying to do something about this deadly pattern, Congress is currently considering graduated driver licensing laws that would put more restrictions on teenagers. Tighter legislation on texting and driving, night time driving, passenger restrictions and even a novice drivers license decal, could save an estimated 2,000 lives and $13.6 billion annually.
Studies show that for 49 percent of teenagers admit that texting is their biggest distraction behind the wheel.
Parents should limit the amount of driving their teens do during the 4th of July holiday. If they do drive, make sure to remind them of the dangerous habits that they should avoid.