Forever young

It’s been often said (by me, among others) that the laws of Nature/God/Fate are far harsher than the laws of Man.

An example of that happened yesterday in Southborough, Massachusetts.

In Massachusetts, it’s against the law for teenage drivers to drive other teenagers around. It’s against the law to speed. And I think it’s also against the law for teenagers to be driving around at 1:00 a.m.

Not written down somewhere, but just as valid, are a few other laws: don’t let young, inexperienced drivers tool around at night with their sister and friend in a Land Rover Discovery. Teenagers shouldn’t be out driving at 1:00 a.m. on a weeknight, even if there is no school the next day.

If you break those laws in Massachusetts, you will face the suspension or loss of your license, and a fine. But violating the second set can get you killed.

A 17-year-old girl driver is dead, as is her 15-year-old sister. The second passenger, a friend is in critical condition. And when the inevitable question of “why” comes up, the answer is as simple as it is brutal: because she was stupid, and her parents didn’t try hard enough to protect her from her own stupidity. (Change “stupid” to “young” or “foolish” or “inexperienced,” if you like — the point remains the same.)

It’s too late for them, but perhaps this example might help save some other kids’ lives.


Also considered less than capital offenses are stealing a dirt bike, riding a dirt bike on city streets without a license, and avoiding arrest. But again, bad decisions can and will get you killed.

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