Idaho deputy assigns homework to speeding teen

by Sharlyn Petit
    
I will not speed. I will not speed. I will not speed. Try writing that on a blackboard 100 times.
     Well, that’s close to the punishment one Idaho deputy gave to a teen he clocked driving 70 mph on a 35 mph residential road. Though the 16-year-old faced a hefty ticket...

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3 features parents want in a self-driving car

by Sharlyn Petit
     It’s hard to say if driverless cars will become commonplace in the coming years, but testing and development rolls on. The companies with the most test cars on the road aren’t the traditional automakers you’d expect – they have roots in the tech capital Silicon Valley (Google...

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Parents monitor teen driving with the twist of a wrist

by Sharlyn Petit
     Big Brother-esque driving apps are popping up left and right. The newest app from Volkswagen builds on its existing Car-Net® feature (known for its one-button access to emergency roadside assistance) to include real-time alerts that sync to a smartphone, or even to the new Apple...

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Kent teen fatally injured in ‘car surfing’ accident

by Sharlyn Petit
     A Kent-Meridian High School senior two months from graduation died following a “car surfing” accident in the school’s parking lot. Lupo Benson, 18, sustained head injuries after jumping on and then falling from the hood of a moving car. He later died at Harborview Medical...

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The rise of the ‘promposal’

by Sharlyn Petit
If you know a teen, chances are you know a ‘promposal’ story, or may even have your own to tell.
     What’s a promposal? It’s the approach one high-schooler takes to ask another to the prom. Just search #promposal on any social media site to get an idea.
     From sweet and simple,...

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Get your teen behind the wheel of a BMW for free

by Sharlyn Petit
   Watch out, America. BMW is letting teens loose on racetracks in its no-cost, nationwide Teen Driving School tour, which hits the Northwest at Emerald Downs July 25 through August 2.
  
The BMW Teen Driving School is an interactive driving course aimed to improve teens’ driving...

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New Chevy Malibu gives parents driving report card

by Sharlyn Petit
  
As if grades on a school report card weren’t enough for students to fear, now the 2016 Chevy Malibu gives parents a driving report card after each teen trip. A special PIN-linked key triggers the Teen Driver monitoring system, which debuted at the 2015 New York International Auto...

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Distracted teen texter? There’s an app for that

by Sharlyn Petit
   I’m not sure when it happened, but the calendar flipped a page and suddenly I find myself grumbling, Oh, kids these days.
   
Then I notice professional sports stars and doctors with bios that reveal they’re barely out of their teenage years.
   
Then the worst, I date myself while...

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What happens in the 6 seconds before a teen driver crash?

by Sharlyn Petit
We know teens have the highest crash rate of any group in the United States. We’re used to hearing stories of inexperience, distractions, and speeding as the reasons behind teen crashes. But what actually happens in the moments before a crash?
   A recent study by the AAA Foundation...

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Issaquah teen injured in high-speed crash

by Sharlyn Petit
   Last week, with the roads still slick from our weekend downpour, a 16-year-old girl was injured in a single-vehicle crash near the Issaquah Highlands.
   Police say the teen driver lost control of her car, crossed through opposite lanes of traffic, and went over a guardrail into a...

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