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TEENAGER DRIVING RULES

We love our children and want to keep them safe. The greatest danger to children is travel by car. The purpose of this document is to establish rules that we must agree on in order for our children to have driving priveleges. These rules apply to any of our children living in our home or in college, and still apply even if they've passed the "teen" years.

Before going over the rules below, please take a look at an insightful article entitled "How Drugs and Alcohol Affect Teen Drivers." This article was suggested by April Finley of the Elm Grove Community Services Center. (Thanks, April!)

RULE 1: CHECK IN WITH A PARENT EVERY TIME YOU DRIVE.

RULE 2: OBEY ALL TRAFFIC LAWS AND SIGNS.

RULE 3: DO NOT TAKE UNNECESSARY RISKS WHILE DRIVING.

CRUCIAL NOTICE: If you or your designated driver is not sober, PLEASE DO NOT GET IN THE CAR. Please call your parents. We will pick you up and will not hassle you; this is an inconvenience we strongly prefer over the alternatives.

EXAMPLE VIOLATIONS & CONSEQUENCES:

Violation
Consequence
Used alcohol or other drugs and drove. Lose driving priveleges and allowance for one year. Consult references below.*
Arrested for DUI. Permanently lose use of our cars and coverage by our insurance. (You will essentially be unable to drive, even if the state does not strip your driver's license.)
Got a ticket for speeding. Lose driving priveleges for 2 months and lose 3 months allowance.
Didn't make all passengers wear seat belts. Lose driving priveleges for 1 month.
Lied about where s/he was going with the car. Lose parents' trust and driving priveleges for 2 months.
Violated agreed-upon passenger restriction. Lose driving priveleges for two weeks.
Violated agreed-upon nighttime restriction. Lose nighttime outing priveleges for one month.

*Please make use of these and other resources to help your family member or friend get control of their addiction:

The teenager is subject to these rules and consequences at all times.