Can anyone honestly say that our children NEED to drive to school?Cars give juveniles the ability to do things, and NONE of them contribute to
This is very sad.
Why is it that every year at the end of school, something like this happems? It
is very sad. I feel for the families. KIDS be careful out there!
This is the time for condolences, not harsh judgment. Accidents happen and when
they do, innocent people suffer. May those who have lost a family member today
find peace and comfort in some measure and may it be a support to them. What a
trajedy happened today at this scene.
@Reasonable Person,I walked or rode my bike much of the time, but after
16, having use of a car gave me a chance to work after school in the field I was
studying and I would not have been able to fit it in using the bike or bus. I
could run errands for my employer which was one of the reasons I got the job.
Decades later, I am glad I had use of a car during part of High School.That said, this is very sad. My condolences to the families and friends of
those involved.I drive through that area almost every day. While I
don't know the students involved, I know students that knew them.
It's time to seriously consider raising the driving age and place more
restrictions on teenage drivers. There were four in the car. Two teenage girls
were taken to the hospital and the driver of the other vehicle was injured. I
am not placing blame on anyone. Every day I witness teenages driving in a
reckless and dangerous manner. Teenagers think they are invincible and are not
known for their maturity. One of my high school classmates tried to drive from
Logan to Mesa Arizona when he was sixteen. He died at Flagstaff. The accident
killed five including his eighteen year old sister. Something to think about.
I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and the students at
HHS. Please be careful all my West Valley family. Love and miss you and want
everyone to be there when we come visit.
This accident is not about teenage driving (read the article - there was a 3
vehicle) but about the loss these guy will have to deal with right at the end of
the school year. @Reasonable Person - yes I can say our kids
honestly need to drive. Bad things happen to very good people - it is called
life.My thoughts and prayers go to the family, friends, school, and
community. It has been 8 years since I left, but West Valley will always be
home. This is a loss all of us feel.
Reasonable Person,I'm reasonable too. Here's my logic for
you-1) Teens don't literally -need- to drive. I'll agree.
I don't need a computer to live, but that doesn't logically conclude
that I shouldn't have one. 2) Just because there are dangers
with cars and teens have higher accident rates, doesn't mean it should
necessarily be prohibited either.3) This could have happened to an
adult just as easily.My conclusion isn't that teens
shouldn't drive or even shouldn't drive 'just to school' but
that the wrong teens are driving. I got my license and after driving a couple
years I turned 18 and said "The driving age should be 18". I still like
the idea. So I don't exactly disagree with you. I don't think the
possible danger, the risk of giving teens things that take away lives, and
similar rationals justify it though. To me, it's about responsible driving
from the get go. Most teens are more familiar with traffic laws than the rest of
us coming straight out of drivers ed, yet they are the least law abiding.
That's my rational.
Reasonable Person,I really wanted room to make another point.. 200
words is nothing!I believe the driving age should be 18. I also
think a learner system COULD work where teens could possibly start driving at 16
but with a "learner license" with restrictions on it. I'm not sure
I know all of which possible restrictions would be most effective- but I would
put "you do anything serious and the license is gone, no questions
asked" right at the top of that list.You should never dump 1000
lbs of responsibility on someone all the sudden, let a lone a teen who's
decision making is still developing. Slowly working responsibility into their
lives, where they gradually step from teen to adult- makes a lot more sense to
me.This way far fewer teens would be driving, mostly if not all of
the 'good drivers', etc. I might even like that idea for 18 year olds
or adults who first get a license. People need probationary periods to learn to
take on responsibility. We just dump it on and let people ride the danger
machine. We as society or parents are to blame more than teens, imo.
This just breaks my heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families.
To the reasonable person.... There were 3 Vehicles involved the 'Jeep'
caused the car to swerve into oncoming traffic. This could have happened to
anyone. Crashes happen to the best of us look at Reggie Shaw. He is an amazing
person and he caused 2 men deaths.My sister and her family drive
past hunter high almost daily and she had pick up her daughter madelyn MINUTES
at the preschool right by there she was on the road. She could have been Monica
(lady in the other car)and I would have lost my sister (unborn child too) my
niece and two nephews. I know the people in that neighborhood. This is such an
unfortunate tragedy. This happened 2 blocks from the high school. 2 BLOCKS and 2
CHILDREN are gone. It breaks my heart. Those kids did not get up that morning
thinking they were going to die.Prayers and heartfelt sympathy goes
to those who's lives changed.
Prayers to all involved.For the Lawmakers: Kids don't need to be
driving their friends around. Many states restrict who can be in the car with a
minor.For the school: Why are your kids out driving around during school?
Close the campus and things like this don't happen. School lunch breaks
are generally too short to allow for careful, non-hurried driving to and from
the school.I may be in Germany, but my kids are in Utah and I don't
want them hurt by careless drivers rushing around (the kids or the Jeep driver).