Ontario’s Driving Laws

A while ago my letter to the editor was published in the Spectator. It is as follows:

As a teen and one who would be affected by the proposed driving legislation, I think that the laws proposed by the Ontario government are a mix of necessary and harmful rules.  Zero tolerance for youth drinking and youth speeding are needed regulations.  The alcohol law would greatly decrease the amount of drunk driving and prevent those from driving who think they are sober but have actually had too much alcohol. The speeding regulations would send a message to teens early in ther driving life that speeding is not permissible.

    But the legislation proposing no more than two teens in a car goes too far.  The reason that the accident rate doubles with two or more teens in a car is because alcohol, which is covered by other parts of the legislation. The banning more than two teens in a car would discourage and even prevent carpooling, something which the government wants to promote.  If carpooling is prevented when the drivers are young, it will not start to happen when they get older.
    The government of Ontario should redraw this legislation so that it teaches young drivers how to drive safely, not so it prevents environmentally friendly driving.

 Apparently the government of Ontario listened to me (well not just me, thousands of teens) and redrew the proposed legislation to take out the more than two teens law. it shows that the government will listen if you speak out.

On another note, below is the letter I actually sent in to the paper as you can see, they edited a lot of it. The edited parts are in blue.

As a teen and one who would be most effected by the proposed driving legislation, I would like to say that the laws proposed by the Ontario government are a mix of necessary and harmful rules.  The proposals that call officers have zero tolerance for youth drinking and youth speeding are needed regulations.  The alcohol law would greatly decrease the amount of drunk driving happening in Ontario.  It would also prevent those from driving who think they are sober but have actually had too much alcohol, from going on the road. The speeding regulations would send a message to teens and show them from early on that speeding is not permissible.

    However the legislation that proposes no more than two teens in a car is gone too far.  The reason that the accident rate doubles with two or more teens in a car is  the result of lack of soberness, an area which is covered by other parts of the legislation. The banning of no more than two teens in a car would discourage and even prevent carpooling, something which the government is wanting to promote, not prevent.  If carpooling is prevented when the drivers are younger, it will not start to happen when they become older.
    The government of Ontario should rethink and redraw this legislation so that it teaches young drivers the proper way to drive safely, not so it prevents environmentally friendly driving.

 

 

 

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2 thoughts on “Ontario’s Driving Laws

  1. That’s pretty sweet that you got your letter published. I like how you added that bit about being environmentally friendly – very apropos to our society that is so fixated with protecting our environment.

  2. hey Kenneth,
    the Spec called this afternoon…yup, check out tomorrow’s letters to the editor…maybe a future blog post?

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