Denison joins Less Tears, More Years

By: Emi FitzGerald Email
By: Emi FitzGerald Email

DENISON, Tex. -- The campaign for safer teen driving continues to spread across Texoma. The City of Denison is set to join the Less Tears, More Years efforts.

The Less Tears, More Years item is the first on the council's agenda Monday night.

Denison is set to become the largest city to join the group thus far.

The campaign began in august in Pottsboro after two fatal accidents in one month involving teens.

Since then, Tom Bean, Howe, Pottsboro, and the Grayson County commissioners have joined the efforts.

The accidents happened on Grayson County roads, and organizers hope the more cities involved means a larger force to bring about change.

This could mean tougher legislation for drivers’ education when teens try to get their driver's license.

The meeting is scheduled for six o’clock Monday night at City Hall.


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  • by Anonymous Location: Denison, Texas on Feb 6, 2008 at 09:57 PM
    Hats off to Less Tears More Years. Unlike Grumpy, they are making every effort to make driving and the highways more safe for our youth, which in turn makes it safer for everyone. KXII's news cast on 2-5-08 had Larry Phillips on it's program and he told of what an impact this organization is having, even at the State level. Some of us have experienced the loss of a teenager in an automobile accident. I hope Grumpy never has to experience that. Not all accidents are caused by drunk drivers or speed in a "high powered car". Thank you Less Tears More Years for all that you are doing and thanks to KXII for bringing this information to us. I have been following this organization for several months now and Phil Johnson and Brett Arterburn along with many others are to be commended for their efforts.
  • by anonymous on Jan 24, 2008 at 07:04 PM
    Grumpy, I still don't believe you understand the program but if you would like those questions answered I understand there is going to be a meeting at the Pottsboro High School 1-31-08 at 7:30 I'm sure someone there can answer all your questions and inform you of the GOOD things being done.
  • by Grumpy Location: Denison on Jan 24, 2008 at 09:43 AM
    To Anonymous: I have looked at the program and you are right sort of... Yes, the program states issues about education and awareness but it says nothing about parents who put their kids in cars way beyond their ability. So far, what has gotten the publicity is getting signs posted and center stripes re-painted. If the program is doing something about education and awareness... How is it doing it and where is it being done? What has it done to make licensing more strict? I agree with the plan but the emphasis should be on discipline behind the wheel and parental responsibility.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 22, 2008 at 06:31 PM
    I,myself agree with grumpy, he has some very good points.kids nowdays don't know how to act.take away those cell phones
  • by to grumpy on Jan 22, 2008 at 02:21 PM
    If you would take the time to look at the program you would see that sings are a very small part of the program and education, awareness, for the teens is a strong point as well as stricter requirements in obtaining a driver's license. The real issue is the loss of lives that is what this program is attempting to address.
  • by Grumpy Old Hard A$$ Location: Denison on Jan 22, 2008 at 01:18 PM
    How about putting more effort into teaching these teens to be more responsible drivers? Some lessons in driving courtesy are in order as well. Too often kids go screaming down the road talking or worse yet texting on their cell phones oblivious to other cars around them. Signs won't correct irresponsible behavior. Parents putting kids in cars way beyond their ability is another contributing factor. More often than not, horsepower inexperience = disaster. Road signs and center stripes will do no good if they are ignored. It’s time someone addressed the real issue. Some may say I’m heartless and unsympathetic but often the truth is a bitter pill to take.
  • by think about it Location: Denison on Jan 22, 2008 at 09:13 AM
    Other things that might be considered.... hold teens responsible to pay the tickets they recieve by doing community service. Don't let them be ajudicated ect. And parents.... don't give your kids cars with high powered engines as new drivers. Four cyclinder 2.2L engines will work just fine.
  • by Me Location: Sherman on Jan 22, 2008 at 06:52 AM
    Come on Sherman.......we need to be a part of this as well! This is a wonderful program and I think it would great if ALL Cities took part in it.
  • by scared sober on Jan 21, 2008 at 10:38 PM
    if we could only adopt 'less beers, more years' as well. I still think DUI's get off too easy!
  • by David Location: Calera on Jan 21, 2008 at 07:23 PM
    This is a fantastic program. I feel it will help save many lives. I am glad to see Denison taking the step to a safer highway.
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