Teen dies in car crash

This is very sad and it’s even more sad to us.  Our niece and nephew knew this girl, please listen to the video.  It also happened on my sister and brother in law’s road and the crossing is one that we all travel a lot.  My husband and son pass it to and from work every single day.  This has hit very close to home.  I’m so at a loss for these families.  How would you continue?  I just don’t know if I could.  I know you have to, but HOW do you???

This is what was on the news last night.  They are saying they are going to think about passing a law that teens will be limited to the amount of passengers in the vehicles.  That it is a proven fact that the less passengers in a car driven by a teen, the less likely-hood of accidents and they pay attention more.  This kind of says it.

I know we all hate to be told what to do and we don’t want anyone telling us what we or our kids can and can’t do.  Given that said, if it were to keep my kids, grand-kids or anyone I know safe, I think I’d be up for it.  This was such a tragedy that just got to close to home for me. 

Would it hurt anything to pass a law saying that if your under 18, you can only carry X amount of passengers?

Would you rather see the picture on the right or left, above??


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9 Responses to Teen dies in car crash

  1. Sue says:

    I think it’s so hard to say this or that would have made the difference. You can limit the number of people all you want, but there’s still the radio, cell phones, texting, IPods/MP3 players, eating, drinking, smoking, and any other activity that you can think of that we ALL do at some point in the car that distracts us. It’s a tragedy plain and simple. Can any of us say that we’ve NEVER rolled through a stop sign or “didn’t see” the car that we pulled out in front of? Didn’t look both ways twice before we pulled out? Went through the orange light? It just really sucks what happened and my heart goes out to all the families.

  2. TiredMom says:

    I believe Texas already has that law and i’m all for it! Its a horrible tragedy and you as a family have no choice but to go on. Thursday marked the day we burried my little brother 9 years ago. He was 3 years old when he died in an accident (not traffic). Its taken many years to get over it. You pick up the pieces and you move on. You don’t have a choice but even now 9 years later I have tears in my eyes while typing this. Its never easy to lose someone so close to you. Its even harder when its a child or someone so young. I feel for the families who go through this. Its feelings I know all too well..

  3. jderickson says:

    I’ve driven professionally for the last ten years. 3-4 hundred miles a day and believe me I’ve seen it all. I don’t know if it would help with less riders or not. Accidents happen that’s why there called accidents. In my opinion old people and foreigners are the worst. So should they have certain rules, I think so. People do not pay enough attention or give people enough respect when on the roads. If you see someone trying to merge or pull out into a long chain of cars let em in. If only everybody would just do one nice thing on the road who knows it may be different.

  4. nikki says:

    I see it all the time in the town I live in, cars full of teenagers goofing of thinking they’re cool. They are so so inexperienced to begin with and then you add in all the things Sue mentioned. All I can say is the law wouldn’t hurt. It’s may not help in every situation, but if it saves just one life isn’t it worth it? I have a 16 year old niece who doesn’t even want to drive yet because it’s such a huge responsibility, she knows she’s not ready. I’m grateful to that. My heart breaks for this girls family and friends, and makes me even more scared at the thought that my son will be able to drive in 8 years. The last 8 years flew by, I only hope the next 8 will go very slow!!

  5. K. Trainor says:

    How sad for everyone involved. My heart aches for those families.

  6. Jane says:

    We got this news story up here too and I immediately felt bad. How sad for your niece and nephew. I’m sorry for them and these families.

    My dad didn’t allow us to drive with a car full of friends so he was our “law.” He just said a group of kids weren’t going to be paying the attention they should be while driving. Could I have broken that law? Sure, but I didn’t.

    In my living area, this would be a good law and it wouldn’t be a big deal. I’m not so sure how it would work in a big city with the police having to deal with “one more thing” to have to be a watchdog over not to mention all the legislating that would have to be done to make this into a law. Sure I feel bad but I almost feel it should be up to the parents to enforce this to their own children. Sadly, I know not all of them would listen but it’s a nice thought.

    Also Jason, I like what you said about showing manners on the road. Let someone in is right. Some people act like your robbing them or something by needing to get in that damn line.

  7. Nancy Floistad says:

    As a parent of a new 16 year old driver, I do think we should pass a law and limit the number of drivers. We have experienced a situation already with a friend screwing around with our son and we grounded him from riding with our son for a short period of time. Either that or our drivers license test should change. They drive with the tester for about ten minutes, not going on highway just driving around town. It is also up to parents to get their children 30 hours time before taking this test but you are not made to show any proof before taking your test. We personally know kids that did not get this time in and probably never should of past the test. I do realize they are called accidents because they are just that, but as a parent I can say I’ve done everything to try and prevent that what if situation. I know you can’t live in the what if but I would be better able to live with myself knowing we tried to do the best we could. Because I bet some of the parents are asking themselves what if? They need alot of experience because we are handing them a several thousand pound weapon!!

  8. SKL says:

    I think it’s a good rule, and I think as long as it applies to minors only, it’s a good law. I feel minors don’t have the same rights as adults and there are good reasons for that.

    I didn’t have a car as a teen – I got my license after I was 17, in my second semester of college, and I shared a car with my whole family. I survived, even though we had no public transportation where I lived. I feel driving is a huge privilege and teens need to show a significant level of responsibility in order to earn this privilege. Driving class? The one I attended was a huge joke. I had my first accident like two weeks after I got my license – I was having a horrible day and just couldn’t integrate everything – I literally didn’t see the car coming through the rain. And I was a relatively responsible, unimpaired 17-year-old with nobody else in the car. So personally, I don’t think I’ll be letting my kids drive without ME in the car until they show some advanced decision-making skills, and after that, I’ll be the owner of any car they drive and the keeper of the keys. There will be no teen parties in any car I own, or at least I had better not find out there were. (You hear that, A and E??)

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