Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Next Time, Just Get Grounded.

VALPARAISO, Ind. - A teenager charged with driving 142 mph along a four-lane divided highway said he was speeding home so his parents wouldn't be mad at him for being late, police said.
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"Kids sort of have tunnel vision," Emmons said. "They're so concerned with not getting yelled at or grounded, they place other people's lives in jeopardy."

Wow...you don't want to get in trouble with your parents so you drive 142 MPH to try and get home? And according to the story, the kid doesn't have a "set" curfew, but generally tries to get home by midnight at the latest. I had essentially the same deal by the time I was a junior and senior in High-School and I never had a problem. If I thought I was going to be a little late (generally 12:30 or so) I would call my parents and tell them, and they would generally say, "That's fine, thanks for letting us know."
Now, instead of getting his driving privileges taken away for a couple of days by his parents he is facing speeding misdemeanor reckless driving charges and the chance of having his liscence suspended. Next time - Just get grounded!

Reduce Idiocy has an interesting take on this as well, what WAS a 16 year old kid doing out at almost 1 AM with a car that can go almost 150 MPH?

1 comment:

Say No to Crack said...

Geez, what kind of car does 142? Most production cars (except sports cars) are throttled at around 110-120.