Carolyn's Daily Posts: 2011

April 18, 2011

Concealing the Identity of Teen Drivers Involved in Fatal Accidents


CAROLYN’S DAILY POSTS: 2011

CONCEALING THE IDENTITY OF

TEEN DRIVERS INVOLVED IN FATAL ACCIDENTS

     In reporting an accident that involved a fatality, the newspaper stated that The unidentified 17-year-old driver is charged as a juvenile with homicide by vehicle, homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence, driving under the influence and aggravated assault while driving under the influence… (bold added)

     Not identifying a person under the age of eighteen years old is allegedly done to protect the youth. This may be all well and good in mischievous actions. But how does this protect society? How does this teach that behavioral choices have consequences? How does this serve the person to whom the behavior causes death?

     However, if a teenager is “mature” enough to get behind the wheel of the car, old enough to drink (albeit illegally), then he or she is old enough to accept the consequences of his/her actions.  Driving is a task that requires a great deal of responsibility. Underage drinking is a behavior that has no regard, no respect, of the law. In either case, the person of any age involved in these behaviors should be expected to experience the consequences of his/her behavior.

     Perhaps newspapers should reconsider their policy. The public does have a right to know. They need to know from whom they need protection.

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ADDITIONAL READING:

CHILDISH CHARACTERISTICS

DRUNK DRIVER—OR NOT? Passing a Sobriety Test

FIRST, DO NO HARM…THE SULEMAN OCTUPLET CASE

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