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New Teen Driving Act Proposed to Help Save Lives

More than 4,000 teenagers die in car crashes in the United States each year. Credit: Getty Images
Motor vehicle crashes are the number one killer of teens in the United States, with an average of 11 teens dying in car crashes each day –...

Teenagers Delay Getting Their Driver's Licenses

More kids are fine with their parents doing the driving. Credit: mark.mitchell.brown, Flickr
American teenagers can't wait to get their driver's licenses, right? Maybe not. The Washington Post reports that more and more 16-year-olds are...

Dad Lets 11-year-old Son Drive, Gets Arrested

Would you let your kid drive your car? Photo: SXC.hu
Las Vegas area father Eusebio Aguilar is in trouble with the law after he let his 11-year-old son drive home from the grocery store. Police say that Aguilar "may have just been too drunk to...

Mom Says Get Out, Drives Off

How frustrated do you have to be to drive off and leave your children behind on a street corner? One mom found out. Madlyn Primoff, a 45-year-old partner in a Manhattan law firm, did what many parents -- myself included -- often threaten: she...

Traffic School Is Elementary For Six-Year-Old

Getting kids to wear seat belts can be tough. One mom was struggling to keep her son belted in -- until a creative judge stepped in to help. At six years old, kids think they are invincible; specifically, they don't comprehend just how dangerous...

Texting - Kids Can't Walk and Talk at the Same Time

We already know that teens, texting, and driving don't mix. (My van was rear-ended by a texting teen last year, who claimed he "didn't see me there." Or, apparently, the 20 cars who were also stopped at the red light in front of me.) But a new...

Should Kids be Allowed to Ride Shotgun?

Remember the good old days when your car seat was your dad's arm thrown across your chest when he braked too hard? Nowadays, most states require kids to stay in some kind of booster seat until they're at least 15 years old. I kid, I kid. Sort of....

The upside of no longer being pregnant

Many women get depressed over the fact that they are no longer pregnant. They miss having a baby tucked warmly, safely away inside of them. Some believe that post-partum depression in part derives from this feeling. But, I can personally attest,...

Teen drivers buckling up more than teen passengers

There are few things as frightening for a parent as watching their child drive off behind the wheel of a car alone for the first time. In my experience, the only thing that even comes close to that feeling is actually sitting next to your teen as she...

Drunken dad drives off with kids hanging out the door

Here's a tip for you -- if you have to call your wife to come pick you up from the bar, your best bet is to let her drive home too, especially if the kids are in the car. Or even halfway in the car. Dustin Purscell learned that (hopefully) the hard...

Need a lift to the bar? Just ask your kids.

Returning home from my company picnic yesterday, with my two thirteen-year-old nieces with me, I jokingly asked if either of them had their driver's license so that they could drive at least some of the way home and I could take a nap. (Neither one...

Teens ignore bans on cellphones in cars

Surprise, surprise, teens aren't paying any attention to laws barring them from using cellphones while driving. According to a survey released Monday, in fact, cellphone usage actually went up slightly after North Carolina enacted such a law in 2006....

Penalty for speeding: Catholic school girls

I won't say I've never exceeded the posted speed limit while behind the wheel of a car. In fact, I got my fair share of speeding tickets when I was younger. I'm not sure, but I might have gotten a lot fewer had I lived in Toronto, Ontario up in...

Should school zones be 'no cell phone zones'?

My favorite coffee shop downtown has a sign near the cash register that reads: "No Cell Phones at the Counter." They put up that sign because they found that people talking on cell phones tend to hold up the line because they aren't giving their...

Are you your kids' private chauffeur?

Kids drive parents crazy; parents drive kids everywhere else. I drive Jared and Sara a lot of places. I drive them to school in the morning and home in the evening. I drive them to their Acrosports classes on Saturdays and swim lessons on Sundays. I...

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