A 52-year-old motorcyclist was killed when an unlicensed teen driver lost control of her car and swerved into oncoming traffic. The young teen was allegedly intoxicated and driving at a high speed when she and four friends collided head on with a motorcyclist on Highway 2. The motorcyclist died on impact, and three passengers in the car were also seriously injured.
The teen only had a learner’s permit when the accident occurred, and was violating multiple laws meant to protect younger drivers. Even with a full license, teens need an adult in the car to drive with another person under 21 for the first six months. Even after that period, only one other teen is allowed to ride along, and the driver still needs an adult present.
While laws limiting the number of passengers may seem extreme, they are actually meant to protect the driver of the car, as well as other drivers on the road. Inexperienced drivers are dangerous enough, but when you add in alcohol and the distraction of multiple other passengers, the consequences can be tragic.
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