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Observations on politics, the media and life in Massachusetts and beyond from the left side of the road.

Friday, August 15, 2008

What's wrong with this picture?

Defending the Registry of Motor Vehicles seems unnatural. It's like defending the T. Or, gulp, George Bush.

But really:
With young motorists losing their driver's licenses like never before under a tougher state law targeting teen speeders, state hearing officers are increasingly overwhelmed with desperate youths pleading to keep their licenses.

Hearings at Registry of Motor Vehicles branches statewide are up 20 percent since a 2007 law took effect suspending youths' licenses for 90 days after one speeding ticket. RMV hearing officers, who take up cases after suspensions have been imposed, meet with furious teenagers and parents roughly twice as often as they used to, and they say the private hearings often turn ugly.

Kid break law. Kids face consequences. Simple?
"Kids have to work," said [James] Dexter, who will be a senior at Danvers High School this fall. "It's just wrong. They should be able to do that. They should be able to give you a warning first."
Kids have to obey the law. The warning came in driver's ed classes and a lot of stops on the way. Pay attention.

Welcome to the real world James. Hope we don't see you back after caught driving without a license suspended for OUI in a few years.

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Anonymous Joel Patterson said...

Oh NOES!!!

Someone might have to stay at home at night and their homework!

August 15, 2008 8:20 PM  

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