Memorial Day marks start of '100 Deadliest Days' on roadways

Officials said every driver needs to be cautious.

Posted: May 28, 2019 6:52 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- The stretch of summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day is known as the “100 Deadliest Days,” and officials are warning people to stay safe on the roads.

Officials said during this time of year, they typically see an increase in crashes on the road. They said there are more people driving and it's the time of year when more construction crews are out making necessary road repairs.

Numerous factors can contribute to the increased crashes, including impaired driving, distracted driving and speeding.

According to AAA, in the past five years during the “100 Deadliest Days,” around 5,000 people died in crashes involving teenage drivers.

"I've got a pregnant wife, so I don't like the idea of driving around with her sometimes, but you know we have to get from place to place,” Eugene resident Matthew Tendick said.

However, it’s not just teens who need to be careful. Officials said every driver needs to be cautious.

"It only takes once for it to turn fatal. Take some time, pull over to the side of the road, check your phone then,” Oregon State Police Lt. Vonn Schleicher said.

Officials recommend staying safe by making sure you have a plan, letting others know where you are going, being prepared and staying aware when you are on the road.

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