Howe joins "Less Tears More Years"

By: KXII-Staff Email
By: KXII-Staff Email

HOWE, Tex. --Another Grayson County city has joined the fight for safer driving among teens. Police presented their case to the Howe city council to support 'Less tears, more years.' City officials voted unanimously in favor to back the program.

The resolution would expand ‘Less tears, more years’ into the city of Howe. Pottsboro parents and police started the organization after several traffic accidents involving teens happened along Grayson county roads.

Phil Johnson attended the meeting. His daughter was killed in a car accident in Pottsboro. Advocates for the cause say they plan to continue to expand awareness of the number of young victims being hurt in car accidents.

"We haven't had the fatalities but we have had the accidents, the crashes within our school district also,” said John Cherry, Howe police chief. “If we can get some of the laws changed, revamped, then we'll be saving our kids."

Cherry says the next step is getting citizens in Howe on board with the efforts. Pottsboro chief Brett Arterburn presented the program to the county commissioners, and hopes for state legislation.

He says right now the rules are too relaxed for teens to obtain their driver’s license. By Howe joining the organization he says it’s a positive step in the cooperative process.

"It's proof the awareness and care is there, we just have to make sure everybody's aware of what we're trying to do,” Arterburn said. “As soon as they've been made aware of it, they are on board because it's a win-win situation for everybody."

The organization hopes to grow to include more cities across Texas and Oklahoma.


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  • by big al on Sep 23, 2007 at 08:26 PM
    oh they work, $240 for a 12 mile an hour over speeding ticket. 47mph in 35mph
  • by Anonymous on Sep 19, 2007 at 08:35 AM
    concentrate on this instead of a billboard this program might save lives
  • by Anonymous on Sep 19, 2007 at 07:37 AM
    I think every town in Grayson County should join this program!!
  • by MR Location: Howe on Sep 19, 2007 at 06:44 AM
    This is a wonderful thing, Chief Arturburn should be highly commended for his efforts with Mr Johnson. Bringing this to the surrounding communities is great and needs to be addressed, does this mean Howe PD will now have to actually get out of the office to WORK!
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