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License to drive … I don’t think so

October 2, 2009 - Per Peterson
Two stories came across the wire this week about kids behind the wheel, and both were scary and disturbing in their own cute ways. One was about an 11-year-old boy who led Wyoming cops on a high speed chase that reached speeds of 100 mph. There are three things wrong with this story: One, an 11-year-old behind the wheel; 2, an 11-year-old going 100 mph; and 3) the chase took place at 3 in the a.m. The chase went on for a whopping 50 miles before Earnhardt Jr. Jr. ditched the SUV, jumped into a lake and tried to swim away. He eventually returned to shore where police collared him. Oh wait, there are actually four things wrong with this story: the kid had been drinking. Nice work parents. The other story again involves some real solid parenting. This one comes from Montana, where a woman is accused of letter her daughter, she’s 12 — so she’s much more experienced than the boy in the former story — drive three siblings to day care, about 15 miles from the family’s home. Mother said she was too sick to drive and was on medication. Nice Plan B, mom. Ya know, I’ve let my 12-year-old daughter drive down our country driveway a couple times, just to have an experience and get a little taste of what it’s like to drive. But there’s some subtle differences between that and the two previous stories. First off, I was in the vehicle with her, and second, this was on a country driveway. Plus, she went so slow the gophers in the ditch were taunting her. We’re told not to let friends drive drunk. Do we have to start telling parents not to let their pre-teens drive?


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