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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3 tips to survive driving lessons with your parents

by Sharlyn Petit
It goes hand in hand with those awkward teenage years – teaching your 15-year old how to drive. Or, for teens, surviving mom or dad’s stress-filled driving lessons.
   As it turns out, parents shine when teaching maneuvering basics like steering, parking, and controlling a car.
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Teen entrepreneurs invent smart steering wheel cover

By Sharlyn Petit
   Teen drivers are facing more distractions than ever these days. Along with cell phone use, dozens of other distractions take a driver’s focus away from the road and hands off of the wheel.
   A trio of young entrepreneurs has set out to help teens become better drivers with their...

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Five ways to handle foggy, frosty windows

by Sharlyn Petit
   Bellevue Police say that icy windows and failure to look to the right contributed to a teen driver’s collision that killed a 77-year old Seattle woman in December. The woman was first hit by the 18-year old driver, and then possibly struck by a second vehicle.
   Police determined...

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Study says buy your teen a big new car

by Sharlyn Petit
   Teens everywhere can start celebrating. A recent study by researchers from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety encourages parents to buy their young drivers a new car. Or, at least one that’s no more than 10 years old.
   The study looked at teen driving deaths in data...

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