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The Fourth of July: Synonymous with fireworks displays, leisurely barbecues and teen death.

Sadly, that last topic has become an annual staple of the holiday weekend. July 4 is the single deadliest driving day for teens, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

From 2006 to 2010, More than 800 people have died on the July 4 holiday, an average of 160 per year. Nearly 10 percent of the fatalities were teenagers, making it the deadliest day on the calendar for teenagers of driving age.

Some of the reasons may be obvious, namely alcohol consumption at Fourth of July parties. But there are others. "Teens are typically less-experienced drivers," said Tully Lehman, spokesperson for the Insurance Information Network of California, who also said teens are more prone to making mistakes on more-crowded highways.

The IIHS has proposed that states overhaul their young driver laws, and research indicates their updates could "halve or more than half" the rate of fatal crashes among 15 to 17-year-olds.

For a comprehensive look at the five things the IIHS proposes to curb teen deaths behind the wheel, click here.


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      • 3 Years Ago
      If it weren't for folks that don't 'believe' in reality or common sense we wouldn't NEED to have all these laws. I don't want your retarded to kill me or my family on the road. That NEEDS to be legislated because you idiots NEED to be told what to think and how to behave in public. Right imd666
        • 3 Years Ago
        The world serves it's own needs. In time it will serve up more common sense, but for now it seems as though it just serves the people who love to hate eachother. They'll make everyones life miserable, because "If it ain't hell they ain't happy." And they'll drive you looney tunes when you do try to talk calm common sense to them. Esspecially if they've convinced themselves that you're "one of those people." They want to die, hurt eachother, and they don't care.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Esspecially once they get it in their minds that you're "one of those people". Then there's nothing you can do or say to them. They're going to treat you like trash no matter what.
      talari
      • 3 Years Ago
      People are funny. If it was a plane crash that killed 160 people they would demand laws be more strict regarding air travel. 32,000a year on U.S. highways and everyone thinks this is okay and that "common sense" is enough to make us safe. Anyone who does any travel on public roads will agree that common sense is not common at all.
      Owen
      • 3 Years Ago
      wow what a shocker
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      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder how many are dead after today.
      imd89
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are some that would pass laws to go to the toliet. Life is full of choices & accidents you guide your children to do the right things in life & live the example you want them to follow, not much more you can do everyone has to grow up at some point.
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      • 3 Years Ago
      How many laws can we pass to counter inexperience, foolishness (or, in some cases, downright stupidity)?
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      • 3 Years Ago
      And here I thought it would be from high blood pressure and strokes. Due to all the eating and excre..excitement. Definately has to come in no. 2.