Listen to what Mom, Dad say

An editorial from The Intelligencer/ Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING, W.Va. — Many of us remember wishing mom and dad would just shut up. They always had so much advice and so many warnings, especially right after we got our driver’s licenses.

Three 16-year-old Oak Glen High School students were killed in a car crash Saturday night. Within seconds their evening changed from a carefree ride in a car to tragedy.

If you are a teenager, understand this: What happened Saturday night is why your parents badger you so with warnings to buckle your seat belt, pay attention to the road, don’t drive too fast, don’t talk on your cell phone while driving, and on and on and on and on.

Your parents may well have lost friends or other family members in traffic accidents. They may know people whose children have been maimed or even killed in crashes. Several times during their lives they have heard the terrible news about young people whose lives ended that way.

Please God, some of your parents say each and every time they hand you the car keys, please keep my child safe…

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