It's prom season for Northwest teens

Nineteen percent of Northwest drivers say they drank the night of their high school prom.
   We learned that in our latest PEMCO Poll, which surveyed 1,000 drivers in Washington and Oregon. It also revealed 79% of teens drove themselves to prom or rode with peers.
   When I mentioned I intended to...

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Fewer fatalities, more tickets with driver log

At first glance, it's baffling: a teen-driver law that coincides with fewer highway deaths, but more moving violations.
   North Carolina passed a law in 2011 requiring beginning drivers to fill out a log confirming that adults rode with them while they drove. Teens under age 18 need 72 hours...

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Pranksters tip over three Smart cars

San Francisco is abuzz with the latest prank: Smart car tipping.
   Residents awoke Monday morning to find that three Smart cars had been tipped over during the night. One resident who witnessed the prank said he saw eight guys in hooded sweatshirts converge on a Smart car, lift it, and set it on...

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‘Respect the rig’ can reduce teen fatalities

Big trucks and buses often collide with teen drivers who, because of their inexperience, don’t recognize the unique danger presented by oversize vehicles.
   The Texas A&M Transportation Institute is doing something about it, launching a safety program for teens – led by teen peers – called Teens in...

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Teen dies crashing into sign that warns of speeding

“Sad irony” describes a March 22 traffic crash that killed a driver and left three teens injured.
   Police say a 19-year-old male was driving too fast for snowy conditions in Calgary, passing other cars and weaving in and out of lanes. He lost control and his car left the road, crossed the median,...

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Physiology puts teens at risk for drowsy driving

Two teenage males ended up in the hospital on St. Patrick’s Day after the 17-year-old driver fell asleep behind the wheel.
   Alcohol was not a factor, police said.
   The two were headed west on U.S. 12 when the driver fell asleep, crossed the center line, drove off the road and flipped the...

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License plates point out teen drivers

Pennsylvania has taken steps to distinguish teen drivers from other motorists. The state’s DOT now offers voluntary teen driver plates, which loudly proclaim the person driving is still honing his or her skills.
   Parents pay $20 for plates emblazoned with “Teen Driver,” a yield sign, and the words...

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New gas standards can impact teen drivers

Teen drivers, here’s a great discussion topic for your current events class: How will the new gasoline-emissions standards impact you?
   We suspect few teens earn ample money, and if you drive, you often pay for your own fuel. Will you applaud the health implications? Or will you mourn for your...

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Now that’s a little odd, teen driver

V-Day mishap: Perhaps the driver was distracted – waving at classmates, ogling a friend’s cool car, or eyeing his Valentine sweetheart?
   Regardless, the 16-year-old pulled off the shoulder of the road in front of Nyssa High School on Feb. 14 and promptly hit a westbound car.
   A Nyssa police car,...

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Drivers ed proposed for youths up to age 21

An Ohio legislative committee has sent a bill to the House floor that would require all state residents under age 21 to take a driver’s education course before being granted a license.
   Currently in Ohio, drivers ed is required only for those under age 18.
   Washington and Oregon law requires...

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