Pass a Law for Passenger Restrictions for Newly Licensed Teen Drivers in FL

Pass a Law for Passenger Restrictions for Newly Licensed Teen Drivers in FL

    1. Liesha Jeter
    2. Petition by

      Liesha Jeter

      Sneads, FL

On the afternoon of September 6, 2012 my 15 year old son, along with two of his friends, both 16yo, were killed in a car accident. It was a house rule that our son would not be allowed to ride with any of his friends without an adult in the car. On this day we made an exception. Our son and his friends were supposed to go less than one mile round-trip, from the High School to his friend's house, and back to the High School to a volleyball game. They were diverted when another friend called and asked for a ride. They never made it home. Some time during the drive, my son got behind the wheel and lost control of the car, crashing into a tree, killing him and his friend in the front passenger seat instantly, with his other friend in the back seat dying on the way to the hospital. All three boys were wearing their seatbelt! Florida is only 1 of 6 states NOT having passenger restriction laws for newly licensed teen drivers. 44 states in the US have these laws. This petition has been started in hopes that Florida lawmakers will pass a law restricting the number of teen passengers in the vehicle with a newly licensed teen driver. Teenagers need more time to familiarize themselves with a vehicle and road conditions and we, as parents feel that this law may help with that! Please help us save a teen's life and have no other parent go through what we have gone through. If one teen's life is saved this law is worth it.

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Pass a Law for Passenger Restrictions for Newly Licensed Teen Drivers in FL

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      Liesha Jeter
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      This law that we are looking to get passed is for newly licensed 16 year olds to not have anyone in the vehicle with them under the age of 18-21, whichever lawmakers decide, for at least 6 months preferably one calendar year after they get their license to minimize distractions. Studies have shown that newly licensed teen drivers are 4 times more likely to have an accident with one additional teen in the car and the fatality risks jumps to 8 times more likely with more two or more teens in the car. Such as the case with my son. He was with 2 licensed teens. He was behind the wheel, as he should not have been. We did not give him permission to drive, he was given permission to be a passenger. We feel that if this law had been in place we would not have allowed him to go at all that day as it would have been illegal. Thank you for your support for this law!

      Please take a moment to take a look at the below website!
      http://www.ghsa.org/html/stateinfo/laws/license_laws.html

      Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) Laws

      Novice drivers have higher crash rates. Graduated Driver Licensing (GDL) programs allow young drivers to safely gain driving experience before obtaining full driving privileges. Most programs include three stages: During the 1990s, many states began enacting GDL laws. The programs and types of restrictions vary from state to state.

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    • Anita Kanitz STUTTGART, GERMANY
      • 16 days ago

      If you don't like something change it; if you can't change it, change the way you think about it. ~Mary Engelbreit

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    • Betty Holmes CYPRESS, FL
      • about 1 month ago

      I believe in the law!

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    • Carol McGee FLORENCE, AL
      • 3 months ago

      One of these boys was kin to me. No family member wants or needs to go thru this is it is preventable.

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    • Donna Scott MARIANNA, FL
      • 3 months ago

      To safe a life and avoid a heartache. ...

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    • hazel grigsby SNEADS, FL
      • 3 months ago

      i have kid and dont want this to happen ever again its a tragedy

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