According to a report in this morning’s Toronto Star, the province of Ontario is going to get tougher on young drivers. Kudos to the province for taking steps to curb the dangerous driving practices of today’s youth. There’s a startling sense of entitlement among many young drivers, who have somewhere along the way forgotten that driving is a privilege, not a right.
(Wow, what’s happening to me? This marks two consecutive blog entries applauding the provincial Liberals.)
According to the Star article, the new rules will include a zero-tolerance approach to speeding. Just one speeding ticket will result in a loss of driving privileges for young drivers. There’ll also be a total ban on alcohol consumption and only one teenaged passenger will be allowed to travel with new drivers. (Forget cell phones and GPS systems, what can be more distracting than a car full of teenagers?)
These are all great steps, which will hopefully go a long way towards re-establishing the ground rules for on-road behaviour. But once again, the question will be just how much teeth the new rules actually have? Unless there’s adequate on-road enforcement, the new legislation won’t make a difference.
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