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should teenagers be allowed to drive SUVs
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by parent, Old Palo Alto,
on Apr 8, 2012
Yesterday, a teenager in the East Bay lost control of his SUV, jumped the curb, sheared off a fire hydrant, and plowed into a family on the sidewalk. A father and daughter were killed and another daughter was hospitalized. The SUV was an over-sized over-powered Cadillac Escalate. The teenager was reportedly speeding and weaving before the crash. Clearly, the teenager was not mature enough to drive a vehicle like this and once he lost control, a vehicle this size is going to cause a lot more casualties than a small car.
Should teenagers be allowed to drive vehicles like this? Teenage driver's licenses are already limited. Barring them from oversized vehicles is common sense to me.
Whether or not adults should be allowed to drive oversized vehicles without special training and licensing is a separate issue.