ViewPoint: Inexperienced teens should not drive other teens

Twenty six people were killed in car crashes in Georgia over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Five of those killed were from our area, and three of the victims were teenagers.

While rain contributed to some of the crashes, speed and inexperience were also factors.

In Sumter County, for example, a 16-year-old boy wrecked, and his 13-year-old passenger was killed.

The 16-year-old had not even had his license for six months, which is required in Georgia before he can have non-family member passengers.

While the state of Georgia is leading the way in protecting teens with such laws, it's time for parents to step up and put their foot down

Inexperienced teens should not drive with other teens in the car.

Consider this: studies show that teen drivers with one teen passenger are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash.

With two or more passengers, their risk jumps to five times as likely.  The state's graduated licensing program is working.

Teen driver deaths are down 35 percent because of it.

But let's be diligent in making sure teen drivers are following the rules... It could save their lives.