BALTIMORE (WJZ) — In a few weeks, thousands of teens will be on Maryland roads. Sound a little scary? It is. Vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young Americans.

Now, as Jessica Kartalija reports, parents are being urged to create “contracts” with their kids before they turn over the car key.

Before Calvert Hall senior David Slebodnick could get behind the wheel of his black VW Jetta, his parents had a message for him.

“Don’t run red lights; don’t speed,” said Slebodnick.

He is one of thousands of Marylanders who will spend more time on the road between Memorial Day and Labor Day. AAA Mid-Atlantic calls this the 100 deadliest days for teen drivers.

“Prom and graduation season through the summer months are the deadliest time for teen crashes,” said Christine Delise of AAA Mid-Atlantic. “We encourage parents to get involved with their teen drivers.”

Before summer vacation begins, AAA is encouraging parents to talk to their kids about driver safety.

“Talk to them about the factors that contribute to crashes,” Delise said. “Distracted driving, drugs and alcohol, speeding and not wearing seat belts.”

“If I broke the rules like that, they would probably take my car away,” Slebodnick said.

AAA also warns against too many passengers. With three or more passengers in the car, drivers are four times more likely to be involved in a fatal crash.

AAA Mid-Atlantic also urges parents to lead by example.

To see a sample parent-teen driving agreement, click here.


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