Dying to Drive

Teen drivers are among the most dangerous on the roads. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety , crashes are the leading cause of death among 13 to 19 year olds in the United States. Full Story

“God Bless America”

Since: Sep 07

Grand Haven, MI

#21 May 6, 2008
Take a small break and think for a second, what in the world did we ever do before cell phones, how did we ever survive. I agree totally, cell phone use while driving should not be allowed and yes there is a study that proves that point, using cell phones are a distraction while driving and can cause an accident.
I am really sorry if you are so important and so afraid of not being able to make or to receive a phone call while watching a movie, driving a car, or eating at a restaurant, like I said I really do not know how we ever survived without that cell phone.
Kristine

Cambridge, MA

#22 May 6, 2008
I am very sorry for your loss. I also want to thank you for starting this program. My daughter just started driving and has her level I permit. I will pursue this class when she moves to the next level. Its a great thing to have this driving class offered to the new drivers. I hope more parents will take the time and spend the extra money to ensure the safety of their children. For the cost of the program its "TOTALLY WORTH YOUR CHILDS SAFETY"
Taxpayer

Grand Rapids, MI

#23 May 6, 2008
Tokyo modeling contract?
Yikes.

Her death is really being hyped for some reason. Why it's a "special report" from WZZM-TV, I have no idea.
From Greenville

White Cloud, MI

#24 May 6, 2008
Her death is not the 'special report'.

It's the fact that the family is reaching out and trying to prevent other families from suffering the same loss that they did. They are even providing scholarships for kids who would like to attend the training that is put on by the State Police. I think they are to be commended.
Marv

Encino, CA

#25 May 6, 2008
Carnage affects all ages but highest for teens. Defensive driving courses can benefit all drivers. Book with listings of teen, senior and many other courses plus comprehensive overview of current driving scenario available at CreateSpace.com/3342679 .

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#26 May 6, 2008
Neko wrote:
Call me a kook if ya want...
But the minimum age for drinking is part of the problem!
How many teenagers in Europe and other places in the world have a glass of good wine at meals with their family?
IMO... the kids who are old enough to go to war and die are old enough to drink....and if the law was changed to allow 15-18 year olds to have a glass of wine or a beer under their parents supervision maybe then the majority could be taught to drink responsibly...
And drink for taste instead of drinking to get blasted.
And people who are addicted to the stuff need to be sent to hospitals....not jails. They have a disease and need treatment. Putting them in cages just makes them look forward to the day they get out and do it all over again!
Free the cages of drunks and make more room for violent people....fill hospital beds with drunk driving fools....and the rest of us can pay less for healthcare and emergency services!
Of course the enemies of the US Constitution like to press this issue and call for more laws....more police...and more prisons!
Just the way I see it!
You're a kook Neko. LMAO.

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#27 May 6, 2008
Marv wrote:
Carnage affects all ages but highest for teens. Defensive driving courses can benefit all drivers. Book with listings of teen, senior and many other courses plus comprehensive overview of current driving scenario available at CreateSpace.com/3342679 .
The big question is, why aren't they being taught this in Driver's Ed course now? Defensive driving was drilled into my head when I took drivers Ed a few, okay many, uh, it's been awhile. But that was the theme of my whole driver's Ed experience. Is is that now that the schools don't teach it during the summer that these for profit Driver's Ed. companies just want to turn a buck as quickly as possible and don't teach these kids properly?

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#28 May 6, 2008
Baruch HaShem wrote:
Take a small break and think for a second, what in the world did we ever do before cell phones, how did we ever survive. I agree totally, cell phone use while driving should not be allowed and yes there is a study that proves that point, using cell phones are a distraction while driving and can cause an accident.
I am really sorry if you are so important and so afraid of not being able to make or to receive a phone call while watching a movie, driving a car, or eating at a restaurant, like I said I really do not know how we ever survived without that cell phone.
Very well said. Thanks.
Mark

Knoxville, TN

#29 May 6, 2008
Neko wrote:
Call me a kook if ya want...
But the minimum age for drinking is part of the problem!
How many teenagers in Europe and other places in the world have a glass of good wine at meals with their family?
IMO... the kids who are old enough to go to war and die are old enough to drink....and if the law was changed to allow 15-18 year olds to have a glass of wine or a beer under their parents supervision maybe then the majority could be taught to drink responsibly...
And drink for taste instead of drinking to get blasted.
And people who are addicted to the stuff need to be sent to hospitals....not jails. They have a disease and need treatment. Putting them in cages just makes them look forward to the day they get out and do it all over again!
Free the cages of drunks and make more room for violent people....fill hospital beds with drunk driving fools....and the rest of us can pay less for healthcare and emergency services!
Of course the enemies of the US Constitution like to press this issue and call for more laws....more police...and more prisons!
Just the way I see it!
Holy cow, no death threats, no rants again religion or some religious group and another comment from Neko that I can completely agree with. Not sure if I should be scared or what.

“Pleasantly Deranged”

Since: Apr 08

West Michigan

#30 May 6, 2008
Hurley35 wrote:
Take away their cell phones and ipods and I'll bet they would be driving safer. I see teens all the time, cell phone to their ear or texting while driving or playin with their ipods.
Brilliant, put them all up for sale on ebay, so adults can buy them! ;-)
jjj

Holland, MI

#31 May 6, 2008
My kid just graduated drivers ed, then we taught her to drive.
the program is terrible.
they are not taught to drive, they are taught to follow the rules,no common sense involved.
they teach them how to park within 2 inches of the car ahead of theres but not to look out for the other guy.
the new system is awful, one instructor we had was arrogant, lazy and a general jerk.

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#32 May 7, 2008
jjj wrote:
My kid just graduated drivers ed, then we taught her to drive.
the program is terrible.
they are not taught to drive, they are taught to follow the rules,no common sense involved.
they teach them how to park within 2 inches of the car ahead of theres but not to look out for the other guy.
the new system is awful, one instructor we had was arrogant, lazy and a general jerk.
That's about the same thing I've heard since the schools stopped doing driver's Ed in the summer. Both of my kids went through driver's ed through the schools, not these for profit companies, and neither of them has been in an accident since getting their licenses.
Denise

United States

#33 May 7, 2008
it would be great if these classes were offered closer (we live in Muskegon)or better yet as part of the already very expenses driver's ed class.
deebell

Alto, MI

#34 May 7, 2008
Mark wrote:
<quoted text>
I'll go for this, as soon as they ban makeup application, eating, changing radio stations, switching CD's, adjusting HVAC controls, daydreaming, etc, etc.
Sorry, I have to disagree. I can drive normally and talk on a cell phone, so why should I penalized for all the other idiots that can't?
And it still has yet to be proven that cell phones are large cause of accidents, especially when compared to all the other distractions in vehicles.
Statistically, it has been shown that the biggest problem is billboards, not cell phones, as far as distractions go.
deebell

Alto, MI

#35 May 7, 2008
I would also like to point out, how is talking on the phone any different then having passengers and talking to them?

I think cell phones are becoming a scapegoat.

I have a cell phone, I rarely talk while I'm driving. I have it sitting on the seat next to me so that if it rings, I can get it easily, then I hang up ASAP. If there is someone else in the car, they answer it for me.

I am no more distracted in the short time I'm on it then if I was glimpsing at a billboard or a cute guy on the side of the road.

Perhaps we should ban those, too?
Mark

Knoxville, TN

#36 May 7, 2008
deebell wrote:
<quoted text>
Statistically, it has been shown that the biggest problem is billboards, not cell phones, as far as distractions go.
There's some legislation I wouldn't mind seeing. Ugly eyesores that ruin the view.

“Dude, Where's my car?”

Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#37 May 7, 2008
Mark wrote:
<quoted text>
There's some legislation I wouldn't mind seeing. Ugly eyesores that ruin the view.
I would be all for it. There are states that do it. They put what is coming up at the next exit (like Michigan does) on state posted signs so it's not like the businesses don't get their advertisement.
Taxpayer

Grand Rapids, MI

#38 May 7, 2008
deebell wrote:
<quoted text>
Statistically, it has been shown that the biggest problem is billboards, not cell phones, as far as distractions go.
Forty years ago maybe. Please cite your source, as I know you're wrong. The Institute For Highway Safety is a good place for you to become familiar with.

“Taz say Hi”

Since: Jan 08

Holland,MI

#39 May 7, 2008
deebell wrote:
<quoted text>
Statistically, it has been shown that the biggest problem is billboards, not cell phones, as far as distractions go.
Statistics can "prove" anything you want. Just pick and choose the studies that have the results you want.

“Taz say Hi”

Since: Jan 08

Holland,MI

#40 May 7, 2008
Hurley35 wrote:
<quoted text>I would be all for it. There are states that do it. They put what is coming up at the next exit (like Michigan does) on state posted signs so it's not like the businesses don't get their advertisement.
Those litlle signs in bunches are also very distracting. You can't, in most cases, just quickly skim the signs for what you're looking for.

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