The Feb. 26 article “Teenage highway deaths on the rise” said that teen driving deaths increased 19 percent last year. This is shocking, and mothers and fathers should be up in arms, calling legislators and demanding change. Unfortunately, most probably blinked at the numbers and moved on to their second cups of coffee.
This may be because these numbers are the result of several serious problems, including parental indifference or neglect. Many parents support their 15-year-olds’ efforts to obtain learner’s permits, and some parents fudge the mandatory practice-time logs. Other parents turn blind eyes to marginal behaviors of their teenage drivers while others purchase high-powered cars for these kids. And some states allow teenagers to get learner’s permits as early as age 14.