Swillers Know Where We Stand on the Whole Teen Driving Thing

Lord knows we’ve taken our share of heat for it. But dang if parents and their late children don’t keep lining up to be examples for our next futile rant.

Text messages were sent and received on a 17-year-old driver’s cell phone moments before the sport utility vehicle slammed head-on into a truck, killing her and four other recent high school graduates, police said.
Goodman’s inexperience at the wheel; evidence she was driving above the speed limit at night on a winding, two-lane highway; and a succession of calls and text messages on her phone were cited Friday by Sheriff Phil Povero as possible factors in the June 28 crash in western New York.
…Routine tests ruled out alcohol as a factor in the 10 p.m. crash, and police don’t suspect drug use was involved. Goodman had only a junior driver’s license, making it illegal for her to be driving after 9 p.m. without supervision or to be carrying so many young passengers.

Hello. Sorry to rain on the grief parade YET again, but her parents are as culpable in this tragedy (and a good argument could be made that the other girls’ parents are as well) as that young thing they gave the keys to.

3 Responses to “Swillers Know Where We Stand on the Whole Teen Driving Thing”

  1. The_Real_JeffS says:

    If you’re going to let them leave the nest, make sure they can fly. Sadly, many people simply ignore their responsibility to provide adequate training…..and this is rubbing onto parenting.

  2. I’m with you, babe. A sixteen-year-old simply doesn’t have the driving experience (or LIFE EXPERIENCE) to be traveling that far alone.

  3. Tainted Bill says:

    I think that texting while driving should be considered an example of natural selection at work. Really, people who don’t know better than to do that are in the same evolutionary boat as the ones who couldn’t figure out that you shouldn’t poke the snake with the noisy tail.

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