Teenage Driving: A Fatal Mistake

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A young woman driving the SUV that crashed into a pond Sunday in Ohio, leaving six teens dead, did not have a driver's license, reports AP and based on accounts from the two male survivors; police say Alexis Cayson was driving way too fast on a curvy road with a 35mph limit. In fact, the survivors say she sped up as she approached a turn known as Dead Man's Curve and lost control. Meanwhile, nine more teens have been killed in two more accidents, reports NBC News. In rural Will County, Illinois, four high school students ages 15 to 17 were pulled from their vehicle this morning after it ended up overturned in a creek last night, reports the Chicago Tribune. It looks like the car went through a guardrail and over a bridge, perhaps after hitting ice or standing water. In Dumas, Texas, five teens were killed when the car they were in ran a stop sign and collided with a fuel tanker, reports AP. All five, ranging in age from 15 to 17, were pronounced dead at the scene Sunday. The truck driver is in critical condition (Taylor).
There are many more incidents with teen drivers killing themselves and others. In one after school drive teenagers become very distracted, such as, the radio is blaring, phones are endlessly ringing and vibrating, and teenagers are enthusiastically and distractingly chatting about whatever life or death situation occurred in between seventh and eighth period that day. This typically would not be a problem, for an experienced driver capable of blocking out distractions with the necessary focus skills needed that only time and practice can perfect. Yet, with a sixteen year old who recently received their license behind the wheel, the lives of all passengers in the car become more at risk with every inch travel...

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