State Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones stopped in San Diego last week to urge teen drivers to be safe over the summer and avoid unnecessary risks that could lead to auto accidents.
He said the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the most dangerous for young people in vehicles.
"With today being the first of day summer, most teens are on break from school, and this time also represents one of the deadliest time periods for teen drivers, who have the highest percentage of auto crashes of any drivers," Jones said at the Automobile Club office in Mission Valley.
"That's why it is important for parents, teachers -- all of us -- to regularly take the time and educate our kids about becoming safe drivers and learning crash avoidance techniques."
Auto Club spokeswoman Alice Bisno said the four days around the July 4 holiday are among the most deadly for teens. The fatality rate for a 16- or 17- year-old driver rises 44 percentwhen there is another person younger than 21 in the vehicle, she said.
Jones reminded teens to drive defensively, keep their speed within posted limits and less at night or in bad weather, maintain safe distances from other cars, wear seatbelts, drive sober and, if you're a passenger, riding only with sober drivers.
-City News Service