In all of the discussions about teenagers dying in traffic accidents, I have yet to see the issue of curfew raised.
A 16-year-old driver in Montgomery County is not permitted to drive a car past midnight ["Teens' Beer Party Raided After Montgomery Crash," Metro, Nov. 16]. A police officer who pulls over a driver with a provisional license after midnight has the right to suspend that driver's license. Our daughter knows her car privileges will be revoked if she is home after that time.
The rules were disregarded at every level: Alcohol was consumed, partying took place at a house with no parents present and a driver with a provisional license was allowed to be in his car well past curfew.
Who was in charge here?
Regarding the concern about teenagers and speeding:
Back in the '40s and '50s when I was a boy, vehicles could be equipped with a "governor," which provided automatic control of the speed of the vehicle. Many commercial companies used the governor on their vehicles for insurance purposes or in the hope of preventing accidents.
I'm not sure whether this device is being used on commercial vehicles now, but it would be advantageous to employ it for teenage drivers. If teenagers are using their parents' vehicles, perhaps a system could be installed that would allow the parents to disengage the device for their use.
A governor could save a lot of young lives. With nine grandchildren growing up in this age of space and speed, it would be an answer to my prayers for their continued safety.
BERNARD G. FARRELL Jr.