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THP: One teen dies in a car crash every six days in Tennessee

Between Memorial Day in Tennessee, a teenager from 16 to 19 years old dies in a traffic crash every six days.

We are nine days into what law enforcement calls the '100 deadliest days of summer'.

The period from Memorial Day until when students return to school is when the most teenagers die in car crashes.

WBIR recently reported how leaders in East Tennessee are working to end that trend, but new information from the Tennessee Highway Patrol shows just how frequently teenagers are killed in car crashes here.

Between Memorial Day in Tennessee, a teenager from 16 to 19 years old dies in a traffic crash every six days.

THP says that rate is almost 50 percent higher during the other times of the year.

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AAA says more than 1,050 people died in crashes involving teen drivers in 2016 in the more than three month period.

Speed, nighttime driving, and distracted driving are the top causes of fatal crashes for teens. 29 percent of all motor vehicle deaths involving a teen driver were speed-related.