Less Tears More Years continues to gain momentum

By: Mystic Matthews Email
By: Mystic Matthews Email

POTTSBORO, TX - A local organization is now one step closer to becoming a statewide initiative. Mystic Matthews attended the Less Tears More Years meeting Thursday night and tells us about growth of the grassroots campaign.

Last week, Less Tears representatives went to Austin and came back with the unanimous support of the Texas Police Chief's Association. Now the group is one step closer to making changes in Texas.

Less tears members say recognition by the Texas Police Chiefs Association is a huge milestone. Since the group's founding almost one year ago, about ten area cities and agencies have joined the effort to save teen lives. Including, most recently Honey Grove, the first city outside of Grayson County.

Right now, the Texas House Sub-Committee on Transportation is getting ready to do a traffic study, which will help them determine what changes need to be made to increase the safety of teen driving laws.

April 30th, Less Tears representatives will head back to Austin to testify about the traffic study to urge lawmakers to amend teen driving laws. Their testimony will include details of two crashes which claimed the lives of two Pottsboro teens last May.

State Representative Larry Phillips sits on the state house committee and has pledged to help push the bills through the house.

Less Tears members hope to see proposed changes go to the legislature in 2009.

And with prom right around the corner, Less Tears More Years says they are working to get their message out to everyone they can and quickly.

To donate your time or money to Pottsboro’s After Prom Events, email Tracy Burns TMBurns@texoma.net

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  • by Ann Location: FortWorth,Tx on Mar 25, 2009 at 09:53 PM
    I agree 100% that Texas needs to have a Driver's Education Program.I was shocked to learn that Tx didn't have one as I come from N.M. originally, and I had to take D.Ed. for a year, and that was when I was 13 and 14 by the time I was finished. I had to have my license as my father was sick and I had several brothers and our mother didn't drive. I am now 50 years old and I have had many people comment on my driving and they always ask where did I learn to drive so good!..N.M.!..My teacher halfway through the year, got me into an argument on purpose and next thing I knew we both hit the brakes! He had a chicken brake. I almost hit the back of a semi!. That taught me how easy it was to be distracted, and I learned from that. I graduated with a 100 and my Driving and Written test with the Highway Patrol, due to the special circumstances?..100! I hope to see that they inact some type of law to get Driver's Education back on the books!. All states need it. Most only do it for about 9 weeks.
  • by Anonymous Location: Denison on Mar 29, 2008 at 11:47 PM
    Less Tears More Years was started after two Pottsboro teenagers were killed in automobile accidents within one month time a year ago. They are trying to determine ways that might make the highways a safer place for everyone, especially our young people. Their web page is www.lesstearsmoreyears.org.
  • by Penny Location: Pottsboro on Mar 29, 2008 at 04:11 PM
    The less tears more years program is great. I agree with tougher restrictions on teen driver. Does this issue address a contributing factor to many teen deaths which is drinking while driving? Also retrictions on cell phones. I have not heard anything mentioned about the teenage drinking which is major contribution to a lot of these teen deaths.
  • by me Location: sherman on Mar 28, 2008 at 07:50 PM
    I guess i'm living in a cave but what is less tears more years. I understand its about teen drivers but what do they do? Please can someone tell me?
  • by Concerned Location: Sherman on Mar 28, 2008 at 07:03 AM
    What about the early morning fire on Carl Street?
  • by Rhonda Location: Dallas on Mar 28, 2008 at 04:33 AM
    Thank you Phil Johnson for all your efforts! I expect this program to be a nationally recognized program before it is over.
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