Grant driving privilege gradually

Letter to the editor

Posted: Monday, December 06, 2004

Unfortunately I missed the beginnings of this discussion, but I would like to voice my opinion.

I lived in Juneau for 12 years. My two oldest boys were born there. My oldest son is grown now and has just moved back to Juneau. We will always consider it home.

We currently live in a state that follows the graduated licensing program. At first I thought it was strange, but after five years and two boys completing the series, I am a true believer in it.

Statistics indicate that most of the accidents are involving young drivers. This is due to their inexperience, immaturity and overconfidence. Of course there are many mature and responsible drivers. My two sons were not. My oldest son totaled two cars before getting his final driver's license. Since then, he has totaled one more. No alcohol or drugs were involved.

My other son has totaled two vehicles, and alcohol was involved in one.

Both of my sons admit that they "thought they could handle it" ... meaning the speed they were driving. But as we experienced driver's know, gravel, animals, ice, debris, pot holes, other drivers and curves can "surprise" us at any time.

The graduated licensing program is a way to gradually give our children the privilege of driving. This is something that some teens need to be reminded of. Driving is a privilege, not a right. You need to prove you are responsible enough and skilled enough to deserve full driving privileges.

I wish all teens would be as responsible as Miss Allison (letter to the editor, Nov. 1). Although it may not seem fair to her, she will be sharing the road with other teens who are not as mature as she is. Safety for everyone should be the primary goal.

Jenifer Klabenes

Chambers, Neb.



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