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Two students from one Augusta County high school have returned from a national conference on safer teen driving.

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thinking free

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Such an easy solution for parents. Cell phone and WIFI jammers are readily available and inexpensive. Install one in the kids car and bingo, no more texting or talking on the phone while driving.
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PLEASE PLEASE check out KATES KREW BEAGLE on facebook, and have them join your wonderful cause!!
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thinking free wrote:
Such an easy solution for parents. Cell phone and WIFI jammers are readily available and inexpensive. Install one in the kids car and bingo, no more texting or talking on the phone while driving.
It takes more than that. I lost my son almost three years ago in a car accident. He was 17, and was not talking or texting. We checked his phone and the phone records. No calls or texts at that time. He was speeding and distracted, by something else like the stereo or something.
Phones are a symptom. The problem is irresponsibility. Some teens respect driving, and some do not. Parents have the ability to take their license away if their teen isn't handling the responsibility well. They should do that. They should teach their teens the responsibilities necessary for driving, and enforce them. Cell phones, messing with the stereo, talking to occupants in the car, gawking, speeding, taking risks, disregarding the laws, not treating driving as a priveledge instead of a right- all of these and more lead to accidents and death.
Just as many adults have the same problems.
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Mark wrote:
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It takes more than that. I lost my son almost three years ago in a car accident. He was 17, and was not talking or texting. We checked his phone and the phone records. No calls or texts at that time. He was speeding and distracted, by something else like the stereo or something.
Phones are a symptom. The problem is irresponsibility. Some teens respect driving, and some do not. Parents have the ability to take their license away if their teen isn't handling the responsibility well. They should do that. They should teach their teens the responsibilities necessary for driving, and enforce them. Cell phones, messing with the stereo, talking to occupants in the car, gawking, speeding, taking risks, disregarding the laws, not treating driving as a priveledge instead of a right- all of these and more lead to accidents and death.
Just as many adults have the same problems.
I'm sorry to hear about your son. Responsibility is a huge part of the equation, as is experience. It takes years to be a good, defensive driver - and even then, in a split second something can happen. At a little over 16 years of age, handing a DL to a kid and letting them drive is crazy. All the tests and classes barely prepare them for the real world. It's responsibility (maturity) and skill (experience) together that greatly increase your odds of avoiding an accident. At such an early driving age, most kids don't have the maturity, and absolutely don't have the experience. It's their transition from video games into reality.
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Stevenson said, "If you answer the phone, you have to like look at your phone and answer it - and that takes your eyes off the road. So we're trying to get Virginia to be hands free."<<<<

I thought research indicates "hands free" use of the phone is also very distracting, not as much as texting, but distracting.
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It takes more than that. I lost my son almost three years ago in a car accident. He was 17, and was not talking or texting. We checked his phone and the phone records. No calls or texts at that time. He was speeding and distracted, by something else like the stereo or something.
Phones are a symptom. The problem is irresponsibility. Some teens respect driving, and some do not. Parents have the ability to take their license away if their teen isn't handling the responsibility well. They should do that. They should teach their teens the responsibilities necessary for driving, and enforce them. Cell phones, messing with the stereo, talking to occupants in the car, gawking, speeding, taking risks, disregarding the laws, not treating driving as a priveledge instead of a right- all of these and more lead to accidents and death.
Just as many adults have the same problems.
Ah, gee, I was a teenager once too, its a miracle I survived, But I'm also a father, so anything I can do or ideas I can put forth to help other parents insure that their kids survive the teenage years I'll put forth, jammers do work but of course they are not the only answer to the problem of an underdeveloped brain.

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