SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Summer is just around the corner but police are warning parents that it's also the most dangerous time of year for their children to drive.
The period between Memorial Day and Labor Day is known as the "100 Deadliest Days."
According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety the average number of deadly teen driver crashes increases 15 percent compared to the rest of the year.
KEZI spoke with Tom Speldrich an officer with the Springfield Police Department.
He said during the summer months there is an increase in poor driving behavior because people are out on the road more enjoying the nice weather and traveling. Speldrich said the nicer weather leads to more distracted and drunk driving as well as speeding.
In the past five years the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety said more than 1,600 people were killed in crashes involving inexperienced teen drivers during this 100 days.
"It’s difficult for the families and the friends of the loved ones, their lives are tragically lost for really often times no good reason, just because of some bad decisions,” said Speldrich. “Behind every fatal crash there's usually somebody left behind just wishing they would have done something different.”
He said drivers need to plan ahead if they plan on drinking or participating in recreational substances.
Speldrich also wants to remind drivers to stay off their phones while driving, obey speed limits and to leave plenty of room between them and the car in front of them.