Unsafe on Egan

Posted: Thursday, September 27, 2001

I am dismayed at the lack of police units on Egan Drive during the lunch hour, or even during the drive in to work in the morning.

On one occasion, I almost rear-ended a car because I was maintaining a safe distance between me and the car in front of me when another car happened to cut right in front of me. Then she had to slam on her brakes because the car in front of her slowed down.

And Sept. 26, during lunch, I was driving in to town in the right lane, and I was driving 55 miles an hour. A high school boy in a black Honda came racing up behind me, was about two feet off my back bumper and stayed there, trying to push me along because I was driving too slow. Once he passed, he continued to weave in and out of traffic, trying to get to the turn off to Glacier Highway.

I think that there should be an amendment to the driving law, stating that teenagers, once they receive their license, still have to drive with an adult in the car until they reach, say, 100 hours. I know that having a teenager that can drive is a convenience for parents, but how much is that convenience if the teenager causes an accident? Just because they get a license doesn't mean the rules don't apply to them anymore. I would hate for parents to find out the hard way that their teens were breaking the law.

Please, parents, don't think your job is done once your teen gets their license. Driving is a privilege, not a right.

Sherry Mills

Juneau



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