Parents who have no control over their teens should be fined, in the very least. I have some understanding about parents of teens older than 16. Once they can drive and have regular access to a car, it is hit or miss as to whether or not they are going to cooperate in letting you know where they are at any given moment.
I’m reading the local news on a Tampa Bay TV station’s website this morning and I see not one, but TWO incidents today involving 15-year-old boys who were driving without a license (obviously, since they are both 15).
One boy, Devan J. Larue, was driving erratically in Dunedin, FL at 11:35 p.m. and a police car began to try and pull him over. He tried to get away, running a stop sign and a red light. Upon running the light, he crashed into a Jeep, KILLING at 34-year-old woman, 34-year-old Danielle Edwards. By the way, she was married with 3 children.
Here is what the woman’s sister-in-law said:
… This was my sister-in-law. She leaves behind a loving husband and 3 great children. We found out this morning and it is a blow to the entire family. I’m sure the parents of the teen driving the car that hit her will place the blame on the police. A 15 year has no business being out at 11:30 pm. He has destoryed a family and should pay of it a very long time. There is no such thing as a youthful mistake anymore. He and his parents must be held accountable for his and their actions. She was full of life and now it’s been taken away. The life of a family has been taken away. He chose to be in that car and run from the police. My sister-in-law did not choose to die last night.
Larue has been charged with fleeing and eluding, running a stop sign, and driving without a valid driver’s license. The car Larue was driving was registered to his mother. Did she let him drive her car?
Another 15-year-old boy in Ruskin, FL (in Hillsborough County) was driving his DAD’S car 98 mph at 3 a.m. (!!) when he was spotted by a police officer who tried to pull up behind him to look at his tags., The kid, Alberto Flores, slammed on his breaks and the police cruiser ended up bottom-up in a ditch. Another police officer then spotted the brat and engaged the police in a high-speed chase. The kid then tried to ram a police car and subsequently crashed into utility pole.
Apparently Flores has a lengthy record. He was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon on a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing and eluding, leaving the scene of a crash, driving without a valid license and operating an unregistered vehicle.
His dad said he did not know the kid had taken his car.
In both cases the children were out by themselves too late at night. There is no reason whatsoever that the parents should not have taken measures to know where their children were. One of these brats killed an innocent woman. I often drive home through Dunedin from my mom’s that time of night. I see the difference in the way people drive that late. And, with TWO incidents involving underage drivers in one night, I am led to believe there are a WHOLE lot more kids out there driving around who are not caught.