"Less Tears More Years"

By: Ruth Baker Email
By: Ruth Baker Email

POTTSBORO, Tex. -- Two months after two fatal car crashes, the community of Pottsboro is left stunned, saddened, and looking for a solution. Now concerned residents may be getting some help from Grayson County commissioners.

Signs line the streets of Pottsboro calling for "Less Tears More Years."

The local campaign began after two high school students were killed in car accidents within a month of each other.

Pottsboro Police Chief Brett Arterburn says, "Anything we would give is minimal to what they would give to spend one more minute with their child."

Pottsboro Police say they've responded to seventeen accidents over a span of six months.

Chief Arterburn says 40% of those were caused by high speed, late at night, and most of the drivers were under 21.

Many of the wrecks also happened on county roads, so now county commissioners are getting involved.

"Any extra help we can get from the state or the county to have more officers present will obviously reduce the speed of violators on the roads there for reducing the number of accidents."

Grayson County commissioner Jackie Crisp says at the commissioners meeting next Tuesday they will address beefing up law enforcement patrols on back roads.

Crisp says in order to enforce those speed limits more effectively, they'd need an extra patrolman, which would cost Grayson County roughly $100,000.

He says if approved by voters that money would come out of the general fund.

Arterburn says that may be the price tag of keeping kids safe on the roads, and while progress is being made, more needs to be done.

"I don’t want anybody killed on my county roads. If we save just one life, it's worth it," says Commissioner Crisp.

We'll bring you the outcome of the 'Less Tears More Years' meeting at the Georgetown Baptist Church in Pottsboro tonight on First News at Ten and on KXII.com.


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  • by BR Location: Denison on Aug 31, 2007 at 01:30 PM
    Stacy's letter says a lot. I don't think the A.S.K."Less Tears More Years" organization is labeling teenagers as careless drivers. They are earnestly striving to try to find a way to prevent more tragedies. I didn't know until a few months ago that you did not have to demonstrate to the DPS that you can drive when applying for a license.I strongly agree that the drivers ed program needs to be back in the schools and that at least a full semester be devoted to this. Young drivers need to be more educated in just how dangerous it is when driving a car. The more training a young person has, the sharper their skills will be. I, too, have lost a teenage family member in an automobile accident. I just want to say thanks to the ones who are trying to make their community a safer one, not only for their young people but everyone will benefit from their endeavors. The police nor parents can't be everywhere all the time, so education seems to be one of the best answers.
  • by Stacy Location: Pottsboro, Texas on Aug 30, 2007 at 06:57 PM
    I have lived in Pottsboro all my life and I have been to more funerals than I can even count including my baby brother's partly because of the terrible county roads. Unless you can walk in the shoes of someone who has lost a loved one- I dont think you should have an opinion.It is not bad parenting,it is lack of skill.Driver's Ed should be mandatory. It is much more important than SPANISH,math, or even english.YOU DO IT EVERYDAY! How can a child be responsible enough at 16 with a machine that can go 100 mph? Would you just give your child a machine gun and say"just point and shoot". They need months of learning to be a good defensive driver. They need to do like my drivers ed teacher at POTTSBORO did to me-pick me up on saturday morning,during a huge storm and have me drive the back roads. I drove in every condition and we even went to Dallas to drive.I think people have forgotten what it is to be young and think you know everything.My son is 17 and I havent let him get his perment yet
  • by Brandy Location: Pottsboro, TX on Aug 30, 2007 at 02:19 PM
    I'M TIRED OF LOOSING MY FRIENDS!!! Pottsboro's backroads are very dangerous, not only because of the fact they have no speed limit signs, no warning signs, no center stripes, and no patrol, but because drunk drivers drive down these roads to avoid cops, with the mixture of all of these factors, its no wonder all of our friends die on these roads! I'm the youngest of 3 and after seeing my brother and sisters friends die, my parents moved us to town by the school and ristricted my driving privelages to IN TOWN driving only, with permission to go to certain friends houses on back roads at certain times, WITH PERMISSION. I agree to providing an extra patrol unit for out there, I also agree with making pottsboro pd able to patrol out there since they are always just sitting at the convience stores! I may not care for the cheif, at all, he is one sided in most things and takes up for people he personally knows before listening to the whole story BUT I do agree with LESS TEARS MORE YEARS!
  • by JW Location: Pottsboro on Aug 30, 2007 at 06:08 AM
    The problem is these kids see how there parents drive, fast, fast and in a hury, maybe if we took the time to slow down it might teach them some respect for the road. There has been 16 deaths caused by a wreck in the last 5 years in Pottsboro. So if you ask why they made the A.S.K. Its because people need to slow down and enjoy life! A butterflys wings can create a Tsunami on the other side of the world, same with your driving, Take the time to teach your kids the right way to drive.
  • by Kenya Location: Durant on Aug 29, 2007 at 02:38 PM
    It is heart breaking when any young person looses their life no matter how it happened. I feel for these parents but not all young people are careless drivers. Making it harder for them to get their licence is not the answer. I believe we also need to look into the elderly that drive and the mistakes they make. We don't seem to harp on that as much. I am 46 years old and my eye sight is not good at night so I have always depended on my kids to drive us at night and felt very safe.So lets do some investagating on the elderly as well.
  • by Aaron Location: Grayson County on Aug 29, 2007 at 11:49 AM
    Hey June 35,000 in wages, a patrol car, health insurance, Social security,workers comp, and retirement. That should easily be $100,000
  • by MW Location: Howe on Aug 29, 2007 at 10:42 AM
    How bout you all stop passing judgement. You people are just plain rude and have no sympathy. Who do you think you are, Dr. Phil? Hopefully none of you have to experience the pain of losing a child to an accident, as the parents of these kids have. It takes everyone to make a community. You should join in and help instead of making rude comments to make yourself feel like a big shot.
  • by June Location: Pottsbor on Aug 29, 2007 at 08:01 AM
    How can an officer cost $100,000 per year? Having two teens I wish they would patrol the back roads more frequently. The Pottsboro police could also spent less time at the convience store at 406 & 120. Center line strips on the back roads would help.
  • by Lynn Location: Sherman on Aug 29, 2007 at 06:41 AM
    These were terrible tragedies. But, I have to agree with JB. Teenage mistakes and bad judgement, parents giving high powered vehicles to kids without much driving experience. More money than sense. My kids will be safer, I can't afford to buy them a vehicle , much less pay the car insurance!
  • by Jillian Location: Pottsboro on Aug 29, 2007 at 06:32 AM
    It's the parents job to teach their kids what is right and wrong. Parents are responsible for their childs upbringing. If you dont lead by example, what do you expect? It should start at home. Why hire more police officers when it could be prevented from the beginning?
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