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AAA: Car Accidents Spike On The Fourth Of July

As you get ready for picnics, parades and fireworks, keep in mind that today is one of the worst days for teenage traffic fatalities. But the D.C. region seems to be bucking the trend.

There was a 43 percent decrease in teenage road deaths in Virginia in 2010 as compared to numbers from2009, traffic statistics show. In Maryland, there's been a 25 percent drop. In D.C., the numbers are even lower.

AAA's John Townsend explains why.

"Graduated drivers, licensing procedures and the number of laws it has enacted to safeguard teen drivers," Townsend says. "The other reason is that about 30 percent of the households in the District don't have cars."

According to AAA, more drivers are hit on the road on July Fourth than any other day of the year.

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