STATEWIDE — Memorial Day to Labor Day is a dangerous stretch for drivers. To that end, July marks the middle of the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer.
“It’s roughly May to September,” said Chief Chris Greeley of the Holden Police Department.
“It’s a period of time when the possibility of a teen driver having a fatal motor vehicle accident greatly increases,” he said.
There are around 20,000 teenage drivers in Maine, according to Greeley.
With the combination of COVID-19 restrictions being lifted, schools being out on break and people hitting the beach, the Holden Police Department is reminding drivers, especially parents and teens, of the dangers of the next few months.
“We don’t want to give those tickets out,” Greeley said. “But we even less want to go to a fatal motor vehicle accident involving a teenager.”
Some teens mirror what their parents do. Greeley said 91 percent of parents who use their cell phones will do so in front of their teens.
Cell phones play a big role in fatal crashes, along with speeding, alcohol and not wearing a seatbelt.
But the biggest distraction according to Greeley is having other people in the car.
“Passengers are actually a bigger reason,” he said.
In Holden, Lt. Eddie Benjamin said they see 40,000 to 50,000 cars a day. The department has increased traffic enforcement to keep the phones down and eyes on the road.
“You just need one second, take your attention off the road for one second and then we have a big crash or somebody gets hurt,” Benjamin said.