Fewer Teens Driving
I guess this is a good thing. The Fresno Bee reports that the percentage of Californians getting licenses at age 16 and 17 dropped from 31% in 1996 to 19% last year.
It does kind of surprise me. I was quite eager to get my driver's license as I approached 16. Failed my first driving test, though, by driving through a blind intersection without slowing down to 25mph. How humiliating.
I'm also curious about the article's references to parents driving their kids to school. How many parents drive their kids to school nowadays? When I was in junior high, I walked to school. I believe it was around a two mile walk one way and took about 40 minutes. I thought nothing of it at the time, but it did get kind of rough with the 20 foot snowdrifts I had to fight my way through in the winter time.