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Thursday, October 06, 2005


Talk About It, Talk About It ...
Pa. Needs to Fix Law on Teen Driving
Yesterday, the first of three 16-year-olds killed killed in an Upper Bucks crash was laid to rest. Anthony Brandariz was the driver of the car that flipped and slammed into the pole last Thursday night. An Inquirer editorial makes a strong case for improving one of the state's rules for young drivers: "Neighboring states, including New Jersey and New York, limit the number of passengers a new driver can carry. Why? Because accident data show that the risk of a fatal crash increases with the distraction from each additional rider, especially among 16-year-olds. ... Pennsylvania's licensing rules, updated in 1999, have helped to cut teen road fatalities. Extended waiting times and greater practice-driving requirements prior to licensing are followed by late-night driving limits on new drivers. All good steps. But Pennsylvania imposes no other restriction on young motorists, other than that they wear seatbelts. It should do so, and soon. Even with road fatalities on the decline, more than 100 teen drivers died last year in Pennsylvania." Read full editorial. Read story on funeral. Your thoughts?


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