Letter: Teen driving rules
Vail, CO Colorado
Mr. Miller, I read your article in the Vail Daily about your decision whether or not to allow your daughter to ride in the car with her boyfriend on Valentine’s Day (Alex Miller, Mountain Family, Feb. 21). Although the article was well written and your message was clear, it did not, however, state that it is illegal for your daughter to ride in the car with her boyfriend based on the new Teen Driving Laws (http://www.coteendriver.com/).
If he did in fact recently receive his driver’s license, he cannot drive a vehicle with anyone under the age of 21 as a passenger (unless a family member) until he has held his driver’s license for six months. This law was put into place for exactly the reason you stated in your article: “And then all those dreadful statistics pop into mind; the ones that say auto accidents are the leading cause of death among adolescents.”
As one parent to another, I thought knowing the law might make it easier for you to say “no” next time she askes without feeling guilty. Also, as parents, it’s up to us to ensure our kids follow the laws put in place to keep all of our kids safe.
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