While Memorial Day is set aside to honor those who've lost their lives while defending our country, it also marks the beginning of the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer in Michigan.

What Are the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer in Michigan?

The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day (roughly 100 days each year) is known nationally as the most dangerous time for teen drivers.

Data from AAA and numerous police agencies show that the number of deadly automobile accidents among teenagers increases dramatically between the two holidays.

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The period typically includes prom season, graduation season, and the period when many families and teens are taking vacations. AAA says that other contributing factors include distractions, alcohol, and inexperience. Driving in construction zones - often more prevalent during the summer months - also presents challenges for teen drivers.

100 Deadliest Days Statistics

According to AAA, approximately 3,500 people have been killed in crashes involving teen drivers during the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer over the last five years.

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Attorney Brandon Hewitt of Michigan Auto Law tells WZZM-TV that roughly 30% of crashes involving fatalities in Michigan occur during this time period. He also outlines the three biggest factors that lead to vehicle crashes involving teen drivers.

“The three biggest factors we see for teen drivers [are] speeding, amazingly, not buckling up . . . you would think that issue would be resolved by now . . . and, also, distracted driving,” Attorney Brandon Hewitt told WZZM. “Thirty percent of the crashes involving fatalities in Michigan are during these months.”

Additionally, 60% of teen crashes can be attributed to distracted driving.

Tips to Keep Teens Safe Behind the Wheel

AAA has a few suggestions to help teenage drivers stay safe.

  • Passenger limits: No more than one non-family passenger under age 20 for at least the first six months of provisional licensure.
  • Night driving limits: No driving between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. for the first six months of licensure.
  • Mandatory practice: AAA recommends that a teen should have a learner’s permit for a least a year and a minimum of 50 hours of practice driving, with 10 hours at night.


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