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Teen drivers may face new limits

September 27, 2013

Laughing, chatting groups of teenagers spilled out of the cars arriving at the Washington County Career Center Thursday morning....

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Oct-01-13 8:51 AM

@Taxed2death: Good thought....

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Sep-30-13 12:22 PM

I understand that kids get distracted when they all get together in a car. The problem I see with this is that instead of a group of teens getting in a car with the best driver of their click, they all have to drive themselves. That puts more cars on the road with teens behind the wheel. If they are all in separate cars and can't talk to each other, they will be calling and texting each other while driving.

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Sep-29-13 7:47 PM

The author of this bill is an embarrassment to the republican party. Enough of the nanny state trying to micromanage our lives. I believe that parents are more than capable of setting the rules for their teenage drivers.

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Sep-28-13 3:00 PM

What a bunch of bull! Just another way to control people. This time by a nanny republican who apparently wants more meddling in peoples lives.

Let the parents decide this issue. It seems anymore like WE the people have become slaves as the govt pushes people around more and more trying to control our every move.

These legislators work for us and we should be controlling them, not them controlling we the people!

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Sep-28-13 10:03 AM

A distracted driver is a distracted driver no matter what the age! Will we next limit the number of screaming children a parent can have in his/her car, the kind of music or radio talk show or books on tape one listens to, the pets that are romping in the back seat, the cups of coffee and breakfast sandwiches picked up before work, etc.? The list could go on and on. Give me a responsible teen driver any day over the mom with her cell phone plastered to her ear while her screaming kids are punching each other in the back seat!

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Sep-27-13 7:13 PM

I like this idea. New drivers can be distracted without realizing that they are being distracted. An inconvenience to a few, but a needed safety issue for new drivers. Besides, my old complaint, walk if you live close, take the bus if you are on a bus route. New teen drivers do not need the distraction of another passenger.

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Sep-27-13 3:09 PM

I find it extremely ironic that a member of the party that is always yelling "smaller government" and "I want less government intrusion in our lives" is pushing for a law that intrudes on the decisions that should be left to the teen driver and their parents to make on their own.

Wake up people! This is just another example of how republicans want to control yourlives and they will accomplish that in the name of "safety", "Fiscal conservatism" or any other name that will work at the time.

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Sep-27-13 3:00 PM

There are exceptions to every group, of course, but mainly, teenage drivers are idiots. It's an experience thing. I agree with this. First start out just taking care of yourself, THEN graduate to the additional distractions of passengers. Would you rather send your kids on a bus driven by a 16 year old, or a 30 year old?

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Sep-27-13 2:47 PM

Yes, corporate America and the almighty dollar ARE major players in policy initiation, but as a parent of a teen driver, who is not allowed to drive others around anyway, I think it'ss OK. There is a reason that teen drivers are more to insure - because they are FAR more likely to get into a wreck. Add the distractions that comes with being inexperienced, on top of a couple of their friends in the car, and suddenly the public is at a greater risk. They want to die, fine, whatever, but I don't want to be hit by them

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Sep-27-13 2:45 PM

Sounds like the gun issue to me insurance co. asks lawmakers take the cash and whammo! it becomes law.

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Sep-27-13 10:08 AM

Should that not be 'bumped' down to 10 pm instead up 'bumped up'? And I think this is a foolish idea but does go to show how the special interests, i.e. the insurance companies this time, sway public policy.

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