Interview: 100 Deadliest Days of Summer


by WHAS editors

Posted on June 4, 2014 at 1:31 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 4 at 1:31 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The 100 Deadly Days of Summer is the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day.

It's the 100 deadliest days on the road for teenage drivers.

Phil Russell with LMPD joined WHAS11 and tells us how to keep teens safe.

Since distracted driving is the #1 cause of accidents, below is a video from


According to :

  •  71% of teens and young people say they have composed/sent SMS messages while driving.
  • 78% of teens and young adults say they have read an SMS message while driving
  • 10% of all drivers under the age of 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported as distracted at the time of the crash. (This age group has the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted.)

According to the Kentucky Transportation Department:

  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death among Kentucky teenagers
  • Teens comprise 0.6 percent of Kentucky‟s driving population, but were involved in 15 percent of all traffic fatalities and 20 percent of total collisions
  • Up to parents to decide when their teen is ready to drive.
  • Parents are jointly liable for damages their child causes while operating a motor vehicle under the age of 18 are not allowed to drive between the hours of 12 midnight and 6 a.m. unless the driver can demonstrate a good cause for driving such as emergencies, school or work related activities.

According to the National Safety Council:

  • Teens’ risk of being in a car crash during the first 12 to 24 months of driving is higher than at any other point in their lives.