Like much of my commentary, this piece was created out of frustration and anger. I have witnessed kids being cut out of cars they should never had the opportunity to drive, too many times. Obviously, any car can hurt and/or kill. Trust me, I found plenty ways to get into trouble driving a '74 Pinto as a teen. However, placing a performance car in the hands of a teenager is asking for disaster - it's just too much of a temptation!!
As a father with a child that has just started to drive, this issue hits home on every MVA I roll upon. I see her, or one of her friends that I watched grow up, on the face of every kid my FD must extricate. I read about it in the regional papers, see it on the local news channels, and of course, am directly involved here in my home district; kids + fast cars + inexperience + invincibility = hurt!
I wanted a sports car as a teen - what teen doesn't want a flashy car? But I see now, that having a simple vehicle was the prudent choice - though it probably cost me a date or two (such is life). Parents need to rethink their choices and motivation when deciding to hand over the keys to a missile - because it just may become that.
Anyway, this is my take on the issue, take it for what it is; a father concerned for his daughter and her friends, a firefighter concerned about the people he protects, a man angered over unnecessary hurt.
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