HOLYOKE, Mass (WWLP) - There is new information tonight about the safety on the roads. 22News explains why the Fourth of July ends in tragedy for many drivers.
A Recent study is naming the Fourth of July as the deadliest day on the road for A mericans and teens make up a significant part of that statistic.
It is usually the day of cookouts and fireworks, but the fourth of July is also the day an average of 134 people die on the roads each year, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway safety.
One young driver, Dave Haslam from Holyoke, told 22News the dangers on the road are why he stays home to celebrate the 4th
"Avoid the roads because there usually is more people on the roads heading to parties or to the beach," Haslam said.
The congestion on the roads isn't the only danger to drivers. According to the study, teens make up six percent of the total driving deaths, and many of those are related to distracted driving.
25- year-old Craig Connaughton from Holyoke told 22News his driving has changed since he was a teen.
"Like blaring music and don't have a lot of people in the car anymore, and don't talk on the phone, and don't text and drive anymore," Connaughton said.
Christine Visconti told 22News she lays down strict driving rules for her teen driver.
"No matter how much you want to pick up your phone if you hear your text go off, don't do it! I actually tell him to put it in the back seat or in the trunk or in the glove compartment," Visconti explained.
The study also suggests driving distracted could be a learned behavior. 54 percent of teens say they've seen their parents use their phone while behind the wheel, but only half that number of parents admit to doing so.