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Published: Wednesday, May 9 2012 10:00 p.m. MDT

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Reasonable Person
Layton, UT

Can anyone honestly say that our children NEED to drive to school?

Cars give juveniles the ability to do things, and NONE of them contribute to their education.

Baseball_dad
Salina, KS

This is very sad.

PAC
Phoenix, AZ

Why is it that every year at the end of school, something like this happems? It is very sad. I feel for the families. KIDS be careful out there!

toosmartforyou
Farmington, UT

This is the time for condolences, not harsh judgment. Accidents happen and when they do, innocent people suffer. May those who have lost a family member today find peace and comfort in some measure and may it be a support to them. What a trajedy happened today at this scene.

Utah_1
Salt Lake City, UT

@Reasonable Person,
I walked or rode my bike much of the time, but after 16, having use of a car gave me a chance to work after school in the field I was studying and I would not have been able to fit it in using the bike or bus. I could run errands for my employer which was one of the reasons I got the job. Decades later, I am glad I had use of a car during part of High School.

That said, this is very sad. My condolences to the families and friends of those involved.
I drive through that area almost every day. While I don't know the students involved, I know students that knew them.

NeilT
Clearfield, UT

It's time to seriously consider raising the driving age and place more restrictions on teenage drivers. There were four in the car. Two teenage girls were taken to the hospital and the driver of the other vehicle was injured. I am not placing blame on anyone. Every day I witness teenages driving in a reckless and dangerous manner. Teenagers think they are invincible and are not known for their maturity. One of my high school classmates tried to drive from Logan to Mesa Arizona when he was sixteen. He died at Flagstaff. The accident killed five including his eighteen year old sister. Something to think about.

im4kids
AUSTIN, TX

I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with the families and the students at HHS. Please be careful all my West Valley family. Love and miss you and want everyone to be there when we come visit.

Steven11421
AUSTIN, TX

This accident is not about teenage driving (read the article - there was a 3 vehicle) but about the loss these guy will have to deal with right at the end of the school year.

@Reasonable Person - yes I can say our kids honestly need to drive. Bad things happen to very good people - it is called life.

My thoughts and prayers go to the family, friends, school, and community. It has been 8 years since I left, but West Valley will always be home. This is a loss all of us feel.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

Reasonable Person,

I'm reasonable too. Here's my logic for you-

1) Teens don't literally -need- to drive. I'll agree. I don't need a computer to live, but that doesn't logically conclude that I shouldn't have one.

2) Just because there are dangers with cars and teens have higher accident rates, doesn't mean it should necessarily be prohibited either.

3) This could have happened to an adult just as easily.

My conclusion isn't that teens shouldn't drive or even shouldn't drive 'just to school' but that the wrong teens are driving. I got my license and after driving a couple years I turned 18 and said "The driving age should be 18". I still like the idea. So I don't exactly disagree with you. I don't think the possible danger, the risk of giving teens things that take away lives, and similar rationals justify it though. To me, it's about responsible driving from the get go. Most teens are more familiar with traffic laws than the rest of us coming straight out of drivers ed, yet they are the least law abiding. That's my rational.

A voice of Reason
Salt Lake City, UT

Reasonable Person,

I really wanted room to make another point.. 200 words is nothing!

I believe the driving age should be 18. I also think a learner system COULD work where teens could possibly start driving at 16 but with a "learner license" with restrictions on it. I'm not sure I know all of which possible restrictions would be most effective- but I would put "you do anything serious and the license is gone, no questions asked" right at the top of that list.

You should never dump 1000 lbs of responsibility on someone all the sudden, let a lone a teen who's decision making is still developing. Slowly working responsibility into their lives, where they gradually step from teen to adult- makes a lot more sense to me.

This way far fewer teens would be driving, mostly if not all of the 'good drivers', etc. I might even like that idea for 18 year olds or adults who first get a license. People need probationary periods to learn to take on responsibility. We just dump it on and let people ride the danger machine. We as society or parents are to blame more than teens, imo.

Bingham MOM
South Jordan, Utah

This just breaks my heart. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families.

emmi.rey
Pleasant Grove, UT

To the reasonable person.... There were 3 Vehicles involved the 'Jeep' caused the car to swerve into oncoming traffic. This could have happened to anyone. Crashes happen to the best of us look at Reggie Shaw. He is an amazing person and he caused 2 men deaths.

My sister and her family drive past hunter high almost daily and she had pick up her daughter madelyn MINUTES at the preschool right by there she was on the road. She could have been Monica (lady in the other car)and I would have lost my sister (unborn child too) my niece and two nephews. I know the people in that neighborhood. This is such an unfortunate tragedy. This happened 2 blocks from the high school. 2 BLOCKS and 2 CHILDREN are gone. It breaks my heart. Those kids did not get up that morning thinking they were going to die.

Prayers and heartfelt sympathy goes to those who's lives changed.

jkcook
Petersaurach, Germany

Prayers to all involved.
For the Lawmakers: Kids don't need to be driving their friends around. Many states restrict who can be in the car with a minor.
For the school: Why are your kids out driving around during school? Close the campus and things like this don't happen. School lunch breaks are generally too short to allow for careful, non-hurried driving to and from the school.
I may be in Germany, but my kids are in Utah and I don't want them hurt by careless drivers rushing around (the kids or the Jeep driver).

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