In Pennsylvania … seatbelt wears you.

Remember those days when you were 17 and you and your friends would hop in the car around 10:00 p.m. or so during the summers and head over to Eat n’ Park because it was the only place open to you as an under 21 individual to hang out and have fun. You’d have a dessert and pop, maybe some fries, hang out until about midnight then proceed to drop your friends off at their houses before heading home?

Those days may be over. State Rep. Katharine Watson is on the warpath and plans to curb the freedoms of drivers aged 16 and 17.

What will probably anger some young drivers, and maybe even their parents, is her plan to prohibit a junior driver from carrying more than one teenage passenger at a time in his or her car.

She can’t be serious! My entire 17th and 18th years of life were spent hanging out with more than one friend at a time. This is going to just make teens take three cars instead of one car.

Mrs. Watson also wants to give state or local police authority to stop — and, if necessary, cite — a young driver simply for not wearing a seat belt

“As the number of teens in a vehicle rises, the probability of a horrific accident really rises. We are killing too many teenagers.”

I don’t know about you, but I haven’t been killing any teenagers by holding a gun to their heads and demanding they have no sense of self-preservation, that they drive erratically and not wear their seatbelts. Seems to me that would be a decision they are making on their own.

When I have a teenage child, I will totally take care of my shit so that should my child drive unsafely, too fast, or not wear his seatbelt, the wrath of me — and that’s a lot of wrath — will rain down on him in a way that will make him want to drive his own ass to jail — seatbelt in place — for protection.





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