Tragic but true: The leading cause of death among American teenagers is automobile accidents — careless, senseless, preventable automobile accidents. For teens, there is nothing more deadly than a speeding car, a distracted driver or an intoxicated person behind the wheel.
This is particularly worrisome as we make our way through the summer months, when more licensed and student teen drivers will be behind the wheel. In fact, July has traditionally been among the most dangerous times of the year with respect to fatal accidents — surpassing even the New Year's holiday.
Regardless of the season, however, our roads are a dangerous place — for everyone. Too many people drive fast. Too many people drive distracted. Too many people drive intoxicated. And as a result, too many people die on our nation's highways and local streets.
This is especially true right here in the Garden State.