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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The 10 safest used cars $10,000 can buy

by Sharlyn Petit
  
If you’re researching a used car for your teen, there’s a lot to consider. Safety should be at the top of the list – so, Consumer Reports to the rescue! They’ve compiled a 2015 list of the top 10 safest used cars for teens.
   Electronic stability control, side curtain...

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They don’t teach this in driver’s ed, getting back on the road after a crash

by Sharlyn Petit
   After your first close call, fender-bender, or totaled car, it’s common to feel nervous or fearful when driving. Maybe you keep replaying the event in your mind wondering how it ever happened in the first place.
   You won’t find advice on driving after an accident in a textbook,...

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Go for glam on prom night in a limo

If you’re looking to boost your game and make prom night super memorable, lose the car. Go in style in a limo.
   Teens, think about it: prom night is distracting enough without the hassle of driving yourself back and forth from homes to venues to parties.
   First, there’s the prom clothes. Females...

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Teen crashes raise questions about Oregon driving laws

by Sharlyn Petit
  
Separate fatal crashes that killed three Portland teen drivers last month have Oregon transportation policymakers examining the effectiveness of Graduated Driver’s License (GDL) laws for drivers under age 18.
   The teens, from Oregon City and West Linn high schools, were mourned...

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Kitsap teen driver sentenced in deadly crash

by Sharlyn Petit
   Last Thursday, the 17-year-old driver in a Seabeck, Wash., crash that killed three of his classmates was sentenced to 45 to 108 weeks in juvenile detention. The teen pleaded guilty last month to three counts of vehicular homicide. Investigators say marijuana and speeding were both...

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Oregon teen buys new car for military family

by Sharlyn Petit
   While most teens daydream of driving a new car off of the lot for their sweet 16, 15-year-old Trenten West and his family made a different dream come true for one Oregon family.
   Trenten had the idea of giving a car to “someone who has served and sacrificed for us.” The West...

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New bill requires ‘new driver’ decals for teens

by Sharlyn Petit
  
A proposed bill would require all Washington drivers under age 19 to display a “new driver” decal on their rear window any time they’re behind the wheel.
   The goal of the decals is to alert other motorists that inexperienced drivers are sharing the roadway and to keep a safe...

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Totaling my first car made me a better driver

by Sharlyn Petit
   It’s not breaking news. Teens are more likely to get in a crash than adults, especially within the first 18 months following their driving test. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, the crash rate for 16- to 19-year-olds is about three times the rate...

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Safe teen driving advocates fight back against Apple ad

by Sharlyn Petit
   The National Safety Council, survivor advocates, and highway safety organizations took the lead in filing a complaint to Apple CEO Tim Cook about a dangerous in-store ad.
   The photo displayed in Apple stores depicts a car full of teens clearly distracted by music and each...

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