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Car crashes are the number one killer of teens in America. The National Safety Council dubs this time of year the “100 Deadliest Days for Teens on the Road.”

So we asked what needs to be done to change that and that’s where mom and dad come in.

Megan Voelgesang, of Medina is on the countdown to getting her driver’s license. She says the first thing she is going to do when she can drive alone is probably go out and get some food by herself. Most drivers can relate to that excitement, but, numbers show too often teens don’t know where to draw the line with their new freedom, perhaps more so now than ever.

“I can only teach you what needs to be done right,” says driving instructor Mary Kaye Speckhart with Pro Driving School, “…I cannot make you do it once I’m not around.”

She admits her frustration when surveys confirm her fears like the latest from Liberty Mutual Insurance which shows 20 percent of teens admit to being a passenger in a car with a driver under the influence in the summer, 71 percent admit to speeding, then there’s the phone use of all sorts.

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