INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) -Indiana teen drivers are advised to take extra precaution behind the wheel this summer. Memorial Day to Labor Day is known as the “100 Deadliest Days” for teen drivers, due to the sharp annual increase in automobile fatalities involving teen drivers. Julie Garner, who lost her son to texting and driving, says she wants teens to be just as involved as state officials when advocating for
Garner created the Project Yellow Light program, which awards scholarships to students that create TV, radio and billboard public service advertisements to prevent distracted driving. On average, distracted driving kills more than eight people in the US each day. In 2017, over three-thousand people were killed in crashes involving distracted drivers, representing over eight-percent of all crash fatalities that year.
From 2002 through 2011, an average of 75 young drivers were killed every year in collisions on Indiana roadways. In 2012, over 40-thousand Hoosiers under the age of 21 were involved in car accidents.