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A lawmaker is proposing tough driving restrictions on Ohio teens, including prohibiting them from transporting even one additional teenager. Current Ohio law allows 16-year-old drivers to transport one unrelated passenger of any age. Would you support thi

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concerned

Sep-24-13 6:37 AM

Watchdog the majority of our laws are worthless. And if this one passes there will be teenagers that will violate it and worse yet parents that think it is ok for them to violate it. The point you make about 5 screaming kids is true the difference is hopefully that mother will have had enough experience driving to have some built in reflexes that can only come with driving experience. All I am saying is they need some experience before they can drive alone with only other non experienced teen drivers in the car. Drivers of all ages have lots of restrictions, you can't drive impaired, you can't drive without your glasses if you wear them, you can't drink and drive. Is this going to stop teens from crashing certainly not. But it will give them a chance to gain the valuable experience they need without the distraction of their friends,if they follow the law. No law can stop anything, but they do give us guidelines to follow.

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WatchDog

Sep-24-13 5:42 AM

:) concerned, I'm not disagreeing with you. We are just looking at the law under different lights. I know we have a problem with kids and their driving privileges. There are kids that think that a vehicle is a party on wheels! All I am saying is, we can't keep passing laws that are useless. Not all teen drivers are problematic and to group an age group as a whole is wrong. When you have adults, say a mom toting around her 5 screaming kids in the car is a safer driver than a teen with another teen in the car is wrong. We have to pass laws that punish those that break the law. Why don't they just pass a law that does something to make an impact. If a 16 year old driver receives a moving violation, suspend their license immediately.

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concerned

Sep-23-13 9:56 PM

Watchdog I guess we will just have to not agree on this one. We could go back and forth and give all kind of examples, but I don't think either of us would change our mind. Hey it happens, we can't agree on everything. : )

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WatchDog

Sep-23-13 8:17 PM

Grant, excellent post.

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WatchDog

Sep-23-13 8:15 PM

Let me give you another perfect example how a teen will lose their freedom. My neighbor has daughter that is 16 years old. She works and bought her own car. Pays for her own insurance and pays taxes at her job. She pays for her drivers license. She pays for her own tag on that car. The money the government doesn't hesitate to take from her. Every morning she drives her 14 year old brother and her 16 year old friend across the street to school. This law will now forbid her to do this. She has a cleaning driving record. Did she not just lose a freedom? Her mom leaves for work at 6 a.m. That law will hurt her. They will be punished by a law that discriminates against her. I am sorry that law stinks.

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WatchDog

Sep-23-13 8:07 PM

concerned I understand completely about what you are saying. I am not arguing the problem, I am arguing about the law. It is not going to solve the problem. It is nothing more than another bad attempt by legislators to pass a "pacification law". Let's jump forward. Police officer sees a vehicle traveling down the street with 5 possible teens in that vehicle. What is the officer going to do? Stop every vehicle that moves that looks like that driver just might be a teen and violating that new stupid law? Officers are not going to stop vehicles to do I.D. checks on the driver and all the passengers. That is not going to happen. I am sorry but this is a stupid law.

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GrantMingus

Sep-23-13 7:30 PM

So if you have 2 years of experience driving without others in the car, where does the experience of driving with people in the car come from? I would argue that texting is far more distracting, and that teens would be more likely to text and drive if they were alone. By the way, my best friend died in a car accident as a teen with 3 others in the car with him, 2 of them died too, and I still feel this way. He was 19, he had experience. Things happen. TheOriginal hit the nail on the head, you also can't stop accidents with legislation. These are the kinds of things that government has no business getting into. Not to mention, just one more burden to put on police officers, taking time away from finding real criminals. That seems like a good idea.

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concerned

Sep-23-13 6:42 PM

watchdog first off no one would be losing any freedoms. Not that driving is a freedom to start with. Driving is a privilege not a freedom. When people lose their license they don't lose their driving freedoms they lose their driving privileges. Requiring a teenage driver to have a years experience before they are permitted to have the privilege of having other unrelated teenagers in the vehicle when they are driving, does not take away there privilege to drive, it just puts some restrictions on them. I put restrictions on my kids when they were learning to drive. They were not allowed to haul around a car load of kids. A 16 year old needs a good year of driving experience before they should be allowed to haul around other teenagers that are sure to distract them. I think it is just good common sense. 16 year olds regardless of their level of being responsible needs driving experience before allowing unnecessary distractions. I don't favor permits at15 1/2 either.

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WatchDog

Sep-23-13 6:08 PM

This stuff is getting old. When Government wants to drop the ball they always pass a law that punishes everyone because of the actions of a few. I know some teens that drive more responsible than adults and even some 70 year old drivers. We going to punish them too? Or do they get a free pass? I am sick of legislators and the way laws are made.

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WatchDog

Sep-23-13 5:58 PM

Whoa not so fast. NO I am not for this and this is why. This is nothing more than Government punishing law abiding responsible teens for the actions of a handful of irresponsible teen drivers. This is not the way to do this. This country can not continue to punish like this. This isn't going to fix the problem. This is about the most stupid thing I have heard to date. I'm sorry but these laws invented only take a way more and more our freedoms. This is ridiculous.

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ladybug

Sep-23-13 3:43 PM

The major cause of teenager death is car accidents. Which would make sense

28% of all car accidents are the results of cell phones or est , 1.6 million/yr

200,000 by texting .

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concerned

Sep-23-13 2:59 PM

The Fact is new young drivers are the cause of more serious fatal accidents than people that have been driving longer. That is why their insurance rates are higher. They need maturity and experience no matter how responsible they are as teenagers. And yes Ladybug there are always exceptions to every rule. There are those that are experience and are not responsible. But that does not mean a young teenager should be left to go and fill the car up with other kids. Driving is something that should be taken serious. A car can be and is a deadly weapon. And it requires the drivers full concentration. I support the law and hope that they pass it.

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ladybug

Sep-23-13 10:41 AM

I pass people everyday texting,talking on the ole cell phone

The drunk driver or the ones who think stop signs mean slide tires on pavement

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ladybug

Sep-23-13 10:39 AM

Kind of curious about one thing.

Whose going to determine when these people have enough experience ?

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concerned

Sep-23-13 10:19 AM

It really has nothing to do with being responsible it has to do with gaining the experience to know what to do. A distracted mind that does not have the natural reflexes which can only be gain thru experience makes the highways more hazardous. Fatality rates in accidents involving drivers with less driving experience are the highest in that group of drivers. It has little to do with lack of responsibility and a lot to do with lack of experience. New drivers need to be able to concentrate on their driving 100%. The more people that are in the car the less they are able concentrate.

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TheOriginal

Sep-23-13 8:25 AM

You can't legislate responsibility.

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concerned

Sep-23-13 6:48 AM

Grant I don't think it is matter of trust,I think it is a matter of experience. It should not only be for new 16 year old drivers but restrictions should be put on any new driver at any age. People need to get experience at driving before they have the distractions of a car full of other people.

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GrantMingus

Sep-23-13 12:41 AM

Why license 16 year olds if you don't trust them with the license?

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