Our community has suffered a devastating blow. We've had a rash of fatal vehicular accidents during May and June. Some have been alcohol related, some were folks trying to outrun the law but too many were due to inexperienced driving skills. Two multiple death accidents involved 16 thru 18 year olds with 17 year old drivers, the most recent claiming five lives just four days after High School Graduation. I won't go into the details as they are quite painful, many of you have probably read about it on the national wires anyway. Now my family has no ties with any of the victims, but it's hard not to share in their pain.
"There are no experienced teenage drivers."
It takes miles and miles and hours and hours to build the skills needed to drive in todays world. New drivers do not need any extra distractions (passengers). Please, don't sanction your children or your grandchildren riding in vehicles operated by new drivers. My personal rules in my house is "none of my children will ever ride with a teenage driver". That's a household rule that my kids are expected to adhere to. Yes, it's very strict and quite restrictive. Guess what, so is a coffin. Now I know that no one lives forever and sometimes the young must die also, but the carnage in our county has been horrific these past few weeks...way more than what would seem acceptable.
My prayers go out to those who are suffering, and my conviction is firmer now than ever before....there are no experienced teenage drivers.
Watch over your loved ones, be aware of who they're with and what they're doing. I would hate to read of a similar incident here on these forums. And give 'em all a hug.