Memorial Day marks the start of some of the deadliest days for teen drivers. Fatalities due to teen car crashes spike during the summer months. But with education and practice, many can be prevented.
Teens with a junior license need to be off the roads by 9 p.m., when crash risks sharply increase. Teens should not ride with or carry teen passengers. Passengers increase a teen driver's crash risk by as much as 48 percent. If your teen is out late or with friends, make other travel arrangements. The risk is not worth the potential consequences.
One of the most important things parents and caregivers can do is to abide by New York's strong graduated driver's license laws, which are proven to reduce teen crashes.
Susan Pedo, Albany
Editor's note: The writer is the leader of the New York Teen Safe Driving Coalition, which was established to raise awareness about teen crashes.