Fourth of July is the deadliest day for teen drivers

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - America's independence is certainly something to celebrate but on July 4, but too much celebrating can lead to tragedy.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety released new information that shows July 4 has more traffic accident deaths than any other day of the year. More troubling is that Independence Day is also the deadliest day for teen drivers. Over 10 percent of all auto-related deaths were teenagers.

Auto accidents killed more than 800 people from 2006 to 2010, according to the IIHS. If the trend continues, an average of 140 Americans will die in car crashes today.

Teenagers should be the most careful driving home after fireworks and barbecues. Teen drivers are four times more likely to die in a crash than any other age group, according to research by The Allstate Foundation.

We can protect our newest drivers on this holiday. Allstate Foundation research also finds that 49 percent of teen drivers say they text while driving. But parents aren't helpless. Is your teen on Facebook? Get him to pledge to not text and drive and join the X the TXT ® movement.

Click here for more tips to protect your family. Don't think this is just a national trend. 99 people in Ohio died in holiday car crashes in July 2010 alone.

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