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From Where I Sit

November 21, 2008
by: Christine Curtis

I got my driver's licence when I was 17. One day I went and picked up my beginner's, I took a highschool driving course, and passed my licence driving test on the first go. I was petrified behind the wheel, manoeuvering my dad's huge Chrysler Cordoba through the streets of Stratford. No real driving experience, and from then on, I was left to my own devices. It's a lot different now. Kids who get their licences these days have to go through a graduated licencing program. A couple of my kids have been through the process, and it's pretty stringent. I'm happy with that. Now, the McGuinty government is proposing even tougher laws and our premier is calling them "moderate restrictions". A zero tolerance for alcohol. I'm behind that one. But it should be for everyone, not just teenagers. They shouldn't be singled out. Adults aren't any better at driving drunk than 17 year olds. It's also calling for "escalating sanctions for young drivers who speed, starting with a 30-day licence suspension". I'd like to know what that's all about. Why doesn't that apply to older drivers as well? Why are we singling kids out with this? If it's a safety measure, it should be for everyone. And let's be honest, a lot of us have heavy feet. Make the law for everybody. And then there's the really good one...... drivers between 16 and 19 will be limited to having only one teenage passenger in the vehicle. I guess this isn't so they start goofing around and getting distracted. I've seen enough adults in cars distracted by their kids, their partners, their friends, their cell phones and their Big Macs. I've seen adults applying makeup, texting, looking in their glove boxes, honking and waving at friends, and looking for DVD's to keep their kids in the back happy. So, three kids can't drive to school together, to the mall, to their fast-food restaurant. Only one teenage passenger. So much for environmentally friendly car-pooling. Let's teach kids to drive properly and safely and do our best to set a good example. From where I sit, you can't legislate common sense. I'm Christine Curtis.

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