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July 4th — the deadliest for teen drivers, but not in the DC region

By Nilanjana Gupta (Washington D.C.) As you get ready for picnics, parades and fireworks, keep in mind that July 4th is one of the worst days for teenage traffic fatalities. But, the DC region seems to be bucking the trend.

In 2010, traffic statistics show a 43% decrease in teenage road deaths in Virginia as compared to year-earlier numbers. In Maryland, there’s been a 25% drop. And In DC, the numbers are fewer.

“Graduated driver’s licensing procedures and the number of laws it has enacted to safeguard teen drivers… other reason is that about 30% of the households in the district don’t have cars,” AAA’s John Townsend said.

According to Triple-A, more drivers hit the road on July 4th than any other day of the year.

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