Sixteen and unlicensed

Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2003

I am a 16-year-old unlicensed girl and let me tell you a thing or two about how I feel about the graduated driving license. I would not feel very comfortable driving around with some 25-year-old. Not only would I be worried about statutory rape, but also it would be a lot easier to get away with buying kids alcohol because they wouldn't be suspicious of having older people with some teenager. The adult could also provide a place to party or other illegal substances.

I also believe if this bill passed into law, the law would be broken a lot. For example, how would you separate the teenagers who already have the unrestricted license from the teen who just got their graduated license after the law went into effect? This would cause a lot more citations that would require the city to hire more police officers to patrol highways.

Another issue is after 16, you no longer have a curfew so how do you plan on not letting us drive at night? It seems like you would rather have us wander the streets aimlessly at night, which I think is more unsafe than teenage drivers at night. The only way I would go for the passing of this bill is if I could be driving with my immediate family such as I had to take my little brother to school or something. If I could have another person in the car with me, I would just feel safer that way.

Shauna Detemple

Juneau



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