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Old 03-07-2005, 11:50 PM
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Need for speed and teenage drivers.

When returning to a friends house from a evening of bowling with a group of friends from a small southern WI town a car driven by a 16 year old girl went out of control on a straight strech of country road, hit a guard rail on a bridge, became airborn and rolled. Three kids died in this crash and another is in serious condition from the accident. All were thought to be wearing seatbelts but none the less two were ejected. The driver, a young lady, the front seat passenger and one in the back seat all died at the scene. There were other cars from the group following, fortunatly no one else was involved. Police reports indicate drinking was not a factor, but speed and ice patches on the road were.

I am posting this as I think about my own 15 year old and his younger sister who could have easily been included in an outing like this.

I know we all have a need for speed but we must teach our kids the importance on keeping it where it belongs. I hope none of you have to go through this as your kids grow up. I see many young families here and hope everyone takes the time to stress the importance of being a responsable driver with your kids. This is the second accident in the last three months caused by young drivers not paying attention, or driving to fast, it has taken 4 lives and now the survivors have to live with that. Lets train our kids to becareful so they can stay healthy.

Please forgive the long post.

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Old 03-07-2005, 11:57 PM
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Well stated.

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Old 03-08-2005, 12:07 AM
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my 19 year old son's been pallbearer for 4 of his classmates...
I don't need to talk to him.

but what you say is correct!
We had a group killed last year that were goofing around in a Camaro....
9 kids in the car. they couldn't even determine who was driving.
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Old 03-08-2005, 07:17 AM
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This past weekend we had a kid get caught speeding at 3 in the morning, doing 106 down I-20, pulled over and arrested for DUI, underage drinking, an whatever else they're going to pile on.

Needless to say, his "career" in the military will most likely be a short
one.

Luckily no one was hurt.
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Old 03-08-2005, 08:08 AM
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Sad stories for sure. My little girl has her learner's permit. She has already Killed a mailbox (federal offense) and knocked a mirror off the truck
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Old 03-08-2005, 08:11 AM
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Do any schools have Drivers Ed any more? Yeah, I guess I should know this...
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Old 03-08-2005, 08:13 AM
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Thanks for the story Whitedog. I find every story like this and read it with my 16 year old that has been driving on his own for past 6 months. We enforce by yourself rule except for going to soccer practice and back.
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Old 03-08-2005, 08:16 AM
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Our school "has it", but you schedule it and pay $360 for a private company to teach it!

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Old 03-08-2005, 08:53 AM
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Thanks for the story Whitedog.
I don't have kids yet but my brother turned 16 on March 1st. I will be sharing this with him.

They still have Driver's Ed at each High School I attended (I moved 1/2-way through my Junior year). I think every school system should provide Driver's Ed or at least, like in Leroy's case, have access to a private company. $360 is a bit steep, but may be worth it.
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Old 03-08-2005, 10:13 AM
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It's tough to hear about accidents like this, but I think in general, parents need to spend more time teaching their kids to drive. I know that's tough in the city, but in Southern WI and many other rural areas, it's easy to get your kid many hours of driving experience before turning them loose w/ the keys.
Driver's Ed in school and the few hrs behind the wheel w/ an instructor is not near enough training to prepare someonewho has never driven before.
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