Round 10 o’clock within the morning on Sept. 14, Jake Ehert was eastbound on Route 55 in Sullivan County when the 2004 Toyota Camry he was driving left the south shoulder of the street, then re-entered the freeway and veered into the westbound lane sideways. The 2014 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck coming from the wrong way was unable to keep away from hitting Ehert’s automobile. Jake was pronounced lifeless on the scene.
He was 19-years-old.
At round 3 a.m. on April 27, Suffern Excessive College scholar Jacqueline Zangrilli was using within the backseat of a 2003 Jaguar on Route 202 in Rockland County when the 17-year-old driver sped off the street and struck a utility pole, splitting the pole in half earlier than flipping on its aspect. Jacqueline was pronounced lifeless.
She was 16 years previous.
At about 8 a.m. on August 16, 18-year-old Alon M. Forbes of the Bronx rear-ended one other automobile on Interstate 87, drove via a information rail and ended up on the backside of a 40-foot embankment. Rashid Okay. Hopson of Spring Valley, a passenger within the again, was pronounced lifeless on the scene.
She was 19 years previous.
These children didn’t know what would occur once they ventured out. Their dad and mom had been by no means ready for the insufferable information delivered to their doorways by a police officer on these days. By no means had been they ready to bury their kids.
That baby could possibly be yours. These dad and mom could possibly be you.
These are simply three examples from our state in the previous couple of months, out of the 4,600 fatalities involving drivers age 15-20 that may happen within the U.S. this yr. Of all of the particular “weeks” which might be declared today, Nationwide Teen Driver Security Week is perhaps one of the vital necessary.
It’s per week for fogeys to talk to their teenage kids concerning the risks of being on the street and reminding them easy methods to be secure. And it’s per week for state and federal lawmakers to do all they’ll legislatively to assist cut back the variety of tragedies.
Advocates for Freeway and Auto Security is urging the adoption of extra stringent Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) packages, higher efficiency and security requirements for all automobiles to stop and mitigate the injury from crashes, restrictions on night-time driving and the variety of passengers a teen driver can carry, and restrictions on mobile phone use.
Dad and mom, it’s worthwhile to stress along with your youngsters your individual guidelines in opposition to driving with pals, driving whereas impaired, rushing, and driving whereas distracted by cell telephones. Sit down. Have the speak. Ignore the eye-rolling and sighs.
We’re not speaking about statistics right here. We’re not speaking about crashes taking place in some far-away locations to strangers.
These are our cities. These are our children.
Do all you possibly can to maintain their names out of the following newspaper editorial like this one.