Another teen driver killed in Conn.

Full story: NewsTimes.com 26
State police say a 15-year-old boy has died after the car he was driving smashed into a tree on Route 44 in Ashford. Full Story
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Dont understand kids

Somers, NY

#1 Mar 7, 2008
Why was a 15 year old child driving a car at 9:30 pm? Where were the parents? Why is it that parents have no friggin idea what there kids are doing?? The parents are to blame for this just as much as the woman who gave the kid the car to drive in the first place.
Tiffany

Bethel, CT

#2 Mar 7, 2008
Another one! He's only 15! why was he driving anyways??? This is so sad....
Happy Friday

United States

#4 Mar 7, 2008
Bushwacker wrote:
15 years old? Not even old enough to drive. Both the parents and the woman who owns the car should be charged with neglegince.
I see you're all about giving the parents some more pain. How classy.
Oh Boy

East Haven, CT

#5 Mar 7, 2008
Ummm. Why was a 15 year old driving a car?

To get to the other side of town?
Video Clip

East Haven, CT

#6 Mar 7, 2008
Here is a video clip that may explain this better.

25 characters

Danbury, CT

#7 Mar 7, 2008
Happy Friday wrote:
I see you're all about giving the parents some more pain. How classy.
don't sell him short, there's still time to spit on the typical LIB casket.
Yosemite Sam

East Berlin, CT

#8 Mar 7, 2008
I suggest the State of Connecticut bring back Driver Education to the school system and make attendance MANDATORY in order to receive a driver's license. Further driver's education by licensed instructors should be MANDATORY following SUCCESSFUL completion of a school driver's ed course. And the MVD tests should require a passing level of only TWO written errors (it was 5 in my day, 35+ years ago) and NO errors on the street driving test. In addition, drivers under 25 should be required to be re-tested every 2 years and after 25, drivers should be required to be re-tested every 10 years. MANDATORY.
bugsbunny

Salem, CT

#9 Mar 7, 2008
Yosemite Sam wrote:
I suggest the State of Connecticut bring back Driver Education to the school system and make attendance MANDATORY in order to receive a driver's license. Further driver's education by licensed instructors should be MANDATORY following SUCCESSFUL completion of a school driver's ed course. And the MVD tests should require a passing level of only TWO written errors (it was 5 in my day, 35+ years ago) and NO errors on the street driving test. In addition, drivers under 25 should be required to be re-tested every 2 years and after 25, drivers should be required to be re-tested every 10 years. MANDATORY.
That's not enough! Put microchips in there head, gps strapped to there ankles. Video camara's in the car till there 50. Futhermore lower the age requirement for military service to 13. They can learn to drive in a tank in another country, this way nobody gets hurt over here.That should do it, oops, forgot raise drinking age to 63.
no fun

United States

#10 Mar 7, 2008
Yosemite Sam wrote:
I suggest the State of Connecticut bring back Driver Education to the school system and make attendance MANDATORY in order to receive a driver's license. Further driver's education by licensed instructors should be MANDATORY following SUCCESSFUL completion of a school driver's ed course. And the MVD tests should require a passing level of only TWO written errors (it was 5 in my day, 35+ years ago) and NO errors on the street driving test. In addition, drivers under 25 should be required to be re-tested every 2 years and after 25, drivers should be required to be re-tested every 10 years. MANDATORY.
I bet you don't even let your kids leave the house.
What

Oxford, CT

#11 Mar 7, 2008
25 characters wrote:
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don't sell him short, there's still time to spit on the typical LIB casket.
Yea, Maybe we should give them a trophy for the best parents of the year! Get a life. They will have plenty of time to mourn in prison.
25 characters

Danbury, CT

#12 Mar 7, 2008
What wrote:
Yea, Maybe we should give them a trophy for the best parents of the year! Get a life. They will have plenty of time to mourn in prison.
you certainly have strong feelings when it comes to imaginary parents in imaginary prisons.

are you allowed to operate heavy machinery while on those pills?
DAW

Fairfield, CT

#13 Mar 7, 2008
Yosemite Sam wrote:
I suggest the State of Connecticut bring back Driver Education to the school system and make attendance MANDATORY in order to receive a driver's license. Further driver's education by licensed instructors should be MANDATORY following SUCCESSFUL completion of a school driver's ed course. And the MVD tests should require a passing level of only TWO written errors (it was 5 in my day, 35+ years ago) and NO errors on the street driving test. In addition, drivers under 25 should be required to be re-tested every 2 years and after 25, drivers should be required to be re-tested every 10 years. MANDATORY.
None of these ideas would have helped this boy(he was not old enough)! And I don't think most of it would help any in the future. Drivers ed is helpful and strict testing requirements are good. Re-testing will do nothing to keep anyone safe. It's sad but kids just don't get the whole consequence thing,it depends on the matureity of the indiviual. I have a 17 yr. old who was not allowed(by myself and his dad) to get his permit until he was 16 yrs.&10 months old.He will not be getting his liscence at the end of the 6 months because I know he's not ready, he doesn't pay attention,I have to watch him like a hawk, and I'm terrified he will hurt himself and/or someone else! My 14 yr.old will be ready at 16yrs.old.
DAW

Fairfield, CT

#14 Mar 7, 2008
What wrote:
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Yea, Maybe we should give them a trophy for the best parents of the year! Get a life. They will have plenty of time to mourn in prison.
How do you know this kid had permission from his parents to be out or driving? You assume too much!
vane 83

Hartford, CT

#15 Mar 7, 2008
the parents were very well aware that this child was driving the vehicle and that the child was having an intimate relationship with the 25 year old woman that own the vehicle as a matter of fact the parents took the child to get the vehicle. Both the parent and the woman should be charge for letting this child drive the car knowing that the child was not responsible enough to make his own decisions.It is defenately negligence
smartass

United States

#16 Mar 7, 2008
vane 83 wrote:
the parents were very well aware that this child was driving the vehicle and that the child was having an intimate relationship with the 25 year old woman that own the vehicle as a matter of fact the parents took the child to get the vehicle. Both the parent and the woman should be charge for letting this child drive the car knowing that the child was not responsible enough to make his own decisions.It is defenately negligence
What should your punishment be for flapping your gums like a little schoolgirl?
DAW

Fairfield, CT

#17 Mar 7, 2008
vane 83 wrote:
the parents were very well aware that this child was driving the vehicle and that the child was having an intimate relationship with the 25 year old woman that own the vehicle as a matter of fact the parents took the child to get the vehicle. Both the parent and the woman should be charge for letting this child drive the car knowing that the child was not responsible enough to make his own decisions.It is defenately negligence
Well than you know something we all don't! It's not my place to judge them!
chosen 1

Missoula, MT

#18 Mar 7, 2008
oooooooooo well
Life is Interesting

United States

#19 Mar 7, 2008
Yosemite Sam wrote:
I suggest the State of Connecticut bring back Driver Education to the school system and make attendance MANDATORY in order to receive a driver's license. Further driver's education by licensed instructors should be MANDATORY following SUCCESSFUL completion of a school driver's ed course. And the MVD tests should require a passing level of only TWO written errors (it was 5 in my day, 35+ years ago) and NO errors on the street driving test. In addition, drivers under 25 should be required to be re-tested every 2 years and after 25, drivers should be required to be re-tested every 10 years. MANDATORY.
Great Idea- But it would not have stopped this froming occuring. 15 years old, you aint gittin your licences in this statte...

Do you think you would pass the test? How often do we get to re-test if we fail? How much will this program cost? I drove at 16 and never had a problem. I didn't take drivers ed at school. I didn't have an accident until my late 20's. and I drive about 40K a year.
What

Boston, MA

#20 Mar 7, 2008
25 characters wrote:
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you certainly have strong feelings when it comes to imaginary parents in imaginary prisons.
are you allowed to operate heavy machinery while on those pills?
No, but your mother was operational last night.
Yosemite Sam

East Berlin, CT

#21 Mar 7, 2008
Life is Interesting wrote:
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Great Idea- But it would not have stopped this froming occuring. 15 years old, you aint gittin your licences in this statte...
Do you think you would pass the test? How often do we get to re-test if we fail? How much will this program cost? I drove at 16 and never had a problem. I didn't take drivers ed at school. I didn't have an accident until my late 20's. and I drive about 40K a year.
When I took my driver's test in 1974, I passed the written test without a single error. Same for the road test.

If I were to take the written test today - cold - I think I'd possibly get at least one, maybe two answers wrong. My driver's ed teacher was extremely anal about the entire class having every single answer in the driver's manual completely memorized - we had to create notebooks and illustrate every single question in the manual, so I'd be willing to bet that I still know every answer.

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