Teenagers don't often realize the lasting impacts of reckless driving.
Receiving multiple traffic tickets for moving violations such as speeding
or driving while impaired by alcohol can make insurance premiums skyrocket;
it can also lead to the revocation of a driver's license. Worse yet,
reckless driving can cause fatal accidents. The New Jersey Division of Highway Safety Reports
that motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of teenage deaths.
A couple who lost their daughter as a result of a fatal car accident in
Bergen County on graduation night nearly a decade ago is campaigning to
educate teenagers on the long-term consequences of reckless driving. She
was a passenger in a car that collided with a semi-truck. It is unknown
what charges were brought against the driver of the vehicle, but the accident
undoubtedly changed his life forever. The parents of the victim of this
particular accident hope that by sharing their story with teenage drivers,
the roads will be a little safer for everyone this summer. They also set
up a non-profit organization that has raised a substantial amount of money
to date. The money is given to various prevention programs.
Still, many teens that get behind the wheel this summer will make mistakes
while driving. They aren’t bad kids. Whether they are cited for
running a red light, speeding or reckless driving it can have a serious
impact on their future. Those who face such charges may want to speak
with an attorney to learn what their options are, protect their constitutional
rights and help to minimize the consequences.
Source: Hudson Reporter,“Hole in their hearts,” Joseph Passantino, June 16, 2013