Due to the disproportionate share of traffic crashes, the end of May until early September is known as the “100 Deadliest Days of Summer”. As evidenced by the recent spate of tragic motorcycle and automobile crashes, this high-density travel period is living up to the unfortunate moniker.

“We are in the midst of ‘The 100 deadliest days of Summer’ when an increase in motorists, especially teen drivers, corresponds to an increase in fatal crashes,” said Lauren V. Steward, Director of the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. “We are encouraging all motorists to be vigilant and focused on the roads, particularly during this holiday weekend. The most important thing is to ‘Survive your Drive.’”

Although this time frame only accounts for one quarter of the year it is responsible for a third of all fatal crashes. In 2018 there were 43 fatal crashes from June through August, which represented 32 percent of total fatal crashes for the year in Maine, according to State Crash Data.

To make the point about personal responsibility while behind the wheel, authorities are stressing the difference between a crash and an accident. Crashes occur due to negligence, such as distracted or impaired driving. Consequently, crashes can be prevented.

“It is no accident when a fatality occurs because someone drives drunk or is texting while driving,” continued Stewart. “It is a crash and is wholly preventable.”

The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety is passing along these tips to ensure you “Survive your Drive”:

Obey all traffic laws.
Stay alert and do not drive impaired.
Use a designated driver or public transportation.
Take a break and stay awake.
Always use a turn signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.
Always allow more follow distance.
Make sure all passengers are using seat belts and children are properly restrained.

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