‘Less Tears More Years’ could become statewide initiative

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

GRAYSON COUNTY, Tex. -- The ‘Less Tears, More Years’ campaign that started in Pottsboro could become a statewide initiative. The Texas House of Representatives has ordered a study to be done on teen driving safety.

State Representative Larry Phillips is a member of the House Committee on Transportation. Now, a sub-committee has been formed to look into issues of teen driving to see if new legislation is needed to make it safer for teens on the road.

Phillips says it’s another great step for the Less Tears, More Years campaign. His sub-committee has been assigned to do a study that will review teen driver safety issues.

During that review, the subcommittee will look at previous studies done on teen driving and look at concerns that traffic safety experts have and look at the graduated driver's license program, which took effect five years ago. They will also look at that to see if changes need to be made.

Phillips says he hopes this study will show that stiffer driving laws need to be pushed through legislation when lawmakers meet again next year.

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  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Feb 7, 2008 at 11:12 AM
    To Julie: You are missing my point. Sure there are as many adult drivers using cell phones as there are teen drivers. However, the thrust of the Less Tears, More Years program has to do with TEEN driver safety. Teens are more prone to getting into auto accidents, and the last thing they need is a cell phone in their hand to detract from their already limited attention span. The fact is that someone who is new at driving is likley not to be as well equipped as an experienced driver to deal with all the dangers and variables that affect safety. While there is no accounting for stupidity among both adult and teen drivers, restrictions on teen drivers would help more of them live so they could become adults. Some states issue "junior" licenses to newly licensed drivers, limiting them to a midnight driving curfew. Limiting the number of passengers a teen driver carries would help. They could pay much better attention without reading text messages on their friends phones.
  • by JULIE on Feb 7, 2008 at 10:03 AM
    I agree with mom in Denison, but the coach that taught us drivers'ed in school sat there and read the newspaper while we drove. I hope they get driving instructors that know what they are doing. To Ralph in Denison, I have seen just as many adults on cell phones as there are teens on cell phones.
  • by Mom Location: Denison on Feb 7, 2008 at 06:54 AM
    I think Driver's ed should go back to the school and the parent taught should be banned. I have two kids, one parent taught and one taught in driver's ed. I can say that I am sure I did not give the child that I taught everything she needed. Parents get too nervous when behind the wheel with their child and it makes the child nervous. If it does not go back to the schools, it should be made mandatory to be taught at a licensed school. And they should have to take a driving test with the trooper like we did in the good old days.
  • by Sandra Location: Florida on Feb 7, 2008 at 06:41 AM
    Traditional driver's education is not working. DE must move into the 21st century and should consist of classroom; behind the wheel; simulation training and parental involvement. I will be in Austin, TX on 2/19 meeting with someone from DPS to discuss driver education and to attempt to make an impact and move to your goal of 'Less Tears More Years' and keep novice drivers educated and safe while on our nations roads. It is a fact that '16 year olds drive like they're missig a part of their brain'...because they are. The part of their brain that makes a critical role in decision making hasn't finished developing, and they will not be fully mature until in their 20s. That is why it is critical for additional driver education training;driving simulation is an additional tool to help education novice drivers. My name is Sandra Villeneuve and can be reached at 813-541-5442; I'd like to discuss further with you opportunities to enchance driver education in Texas.
  • by Ralph Location: Denison on Feb 6, 2008 at 10:22 PM
    It is interesting this story appears along with the story about Gainesville prohibiting handheld cell phone use in school zones. Perhaps prohibiting teen drivers from using cell phones while driving would save some lives.
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