Since January, the parents of four area teens got phone calls that are every parent’s worst nightmare — they learned their son or daughter had been killed in an automobile accident….
All four were 16 years old and had a whole life in front of them. Fellow students of the victims mourned the deaths, along with friends and family. The drivers of the vehicles made a mistake behind the wheel….
Teenage drivers have always been a worry to parents. Parents lecture their children about driving safe and the consequences of making bad decisions on the road. But there are too many distractions for teen drivers, especially with other children in the car.
Parents need to make sure teen drivers are well educated about the dangers of being on the road. Cell phones and texting are obvious points of discussion. Keeping eyes on the road is another. Parents also have to talk to their children about the responsibility of being a passenger. Distracting the driver can have bad consequences.
Teens’ passengers can’t pressure drivers to go faster or pass a vehicle. The responsibility of being a driver with passengers is great, no matter the age, but teens are inexperienced as drivers and may not see the dangers lurking around them that older drivers may detect.
Everyone has a responsibility to educate teen drivers and make sure they get experience behind the wheel that will lead to a lifetime of safe driving.
The tragedies that took the lives of four teens in the first three months of this year affected many people. But it can be a life lesson to all teen drivers that safety on the roads is important every time they get behind the wheel.
— Steubenville (Ohio) Herald-Star