Ditching the automobile for a different mobile

by Sharlyn Petit
   Remember Jon’s local straw poll on fewer teens getting licenses? The trend of teen drivers postponing car ownership is here to stay. Fuel costs, maintenance, and car payments are all partly to blame.
   Also, old-fashioned face-to-face hangouts have been replaced by a barrage of...
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Peer pressure sparks dumb driving choices

A recent news headline reminds me of a dumb choice I made as a teen driver.
   You can file this under the "Here's what not to do" category. I mentioned this incident in a blog I wrote two years ago, but it's worth repeating.
   My friend Greg and I went night skiing at Snoqualmie Pass during my...

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Contract might prevent teen tragedy

A Vancouver, Wash., crash took the life of a 17-year-old who got his license just two days before smashing into a traffic pole on Halloween, tearing his car in two.
   An 18-year-old passenger in the car also died. Both teens attended Mountain View High School.
   In a KATU-TV report, driving...

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Oregon crash matches teen-driver profile

Ironically, on the final day of Teen Driver Safety Week, a truck crowded with seven teenagers crashed into a tree near Vernonia, Ore., sending three to the hospital.
   A 16-year-old girl was driving a Ford F250 around a curve on Highway 47 when she lost control, over-corrected, left the road and...

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No-brainer advice can save teen lives

Here’s a simple message I’d like every young driver to remember. It’s something that even the most independent teenager can agree with, even when the message comes from an adult.
   Buckle up.
   Oh, that? Again? Seriously?
  
Yes. Here’s why.
   It’s National Teen Driver Safety Week, and you’ll...

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Young mindset differs on risky driving

Sometimes when I talk to high school classes about car insurance, a few students will complain that teenagers are unfairly scrutinized for their driving.
   If you’re a teen driver who feels that traffic cops target you, please know that another source is outing you: teen drivers themselves, and...

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Mom’s love letter to almost-teen driver

A mother of a teenage daughter soon to get her driving permit has published a cautionary love letter.
   It’s cautionary because the mom has anguished over recent fatal crashes involving teens in her community. She knows she needs to support her daughter’s big step toward adulthood, yet she’s also...

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Judge sentences 'hill hopper' to 60 days

A Spokane Valley teen driver has been sentenced to 60 days of detention for a car crash he caused last October that killed two 15-year-old girls riding with him.
   We blogged about this sad accident earlier.
   The newly licensed driver, age 16 at the time, drove through a residential area at high...

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Smartphone distractions lead to injuries

Our June PEMCO Poll addressed it, and now it’s being confirmed by worldwide safety groups: Distracted walking is a growing problem for teenagers.
   Pedestrian fatalities held steady for years until 2010, then started to rise. The Governors Highway Safety Association blames smartphone distractions,...

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Pediatrics say teen sleep deprivation is common

Today’s PEMCO Poll reveals that 74% of Northwest residents think teenagers don’t get enough sleep, yet 52% think high school classes generally start at the right time.
   And only 11% of those polled know that nine hours is the right amount of sleep for teenagers, as recommended by the American...

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