We’re pretty sure most responsible parents don’t need the reminder. But judging from the reaction to a golf car crash in Evans last week involving a couple of “tween” boys, there seems to be a lot of confusion about just who is supposed to be behind the wheel of those vehicles.
Hint: It isn’t tweens.
Sure, it’s going to happen anyway. Kids are going to drive the vehicles, and parents are going to let them. It’s not a big deal if it’s on private property, and it’s a good way to learn rudimentary driving skills.
But unlicensed drivers under age 16 are not allowed to operate the vehicles on public property. Period. It’s illegal. Unfortunately, the law is so confusingly squishy on the topic that the cops rarely bother attempting to enforce it.
The frightening penalty comes, then, when an unskilled driver crashes, hurting himself or passengers. It’s happened over and over around here and elsewhere, and each time, critics of young drivers (and their parents) come out of the woodwork.
Here’s a better suggestion: If you see someone behind the wheel who isn’t supposed to be, speak up – to them, or to the police. There’s no need in waiting for a crash to occur, and clucking knowingly afterward. That doesn’t do anyone any good.
But responsible people don’t need to be told that, either.