(KFVS) - Youth and inexperience can be a deadly combination during the summer.
The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says 10 people per day died during the time between Memorial Day and Labor day in 2016. The reason for the spike is often attributed to the statistical increase of teen drivers on the road during the break between school years.
AAA stresses the need to educate and prepare inexperienced teen drivers before the summer arrives.
It’s something the Missouri Highway Patrol also stresses with programs during the spring.
“From about mid-February, until just a few days ago, I’ve been in high schools in all 13 counties in Southeast Missouri doing distracted driving programs, texting and driving, driving under the influence programs…just trying to raise the awareness with these kids…that there are consequences with the decisions and choices they make every day,' Sergeant Clark Parrott, with the MSHP said. "And if I can get one of them to wear their seatbelt every time they get in the car, I’ve done my job.”