Regarding the Sept. 30 news article “ Crash claims another Wake high school student”: I am saddened for the 15-year-old Heritage High School student killed in a recent traffic accident.
I think we must once again take a hard look at the minimum driving age. In most of Europe, for example, full driving privileges are not granted until age 18. Drivers under that age generally must be accompanied and “coached” by a responsible adult.
We see folks not allowing their kids to play football because of the risk of injury but who think nothing of handing their 16- or 17-year-old the keys for daily trips to school along with several of their friends. In this case, there were four teenagers in the car in which the fatality occurred and no adults.
We must get beyond satisfying teenagers’ senses of entitlement, act responsibly as parents and give them more time to mature. Unrestricted driving must be considered a well-earned privilege for adults, not a right for teenagers. Will this happen? Not likely. We live in a low-responsibility, feel-good, permissive society. More 15- to 17-year-olds will continue to die needlessly as a result. And parents will play the lottery and hope that the dreaded phone call does not come.
Charles Houseworth, Wake Forest