Letters to the Editor

Teenage drivers

Re a recent article, Study: New teenage drivers lack critical driving skills. It is absolutely true.

At one time it was a requirement for all high school students to take a driving class as part of their curriculum. Then some bright individual decided to eliminate this course. I learned how to drive when I was 21 by taking a full semester of both driving and written skills to pass the test given by a certified AAA instructor.

It was one of the best courses I’ve ever taken. I think if schools would re-institute the mandatory classes, you would see dramatic drops not only in teenage drivers, but overall fatalities, since the skills would last over a lifetime.

Most teenagers learn how to drive under the guidance of a parent or relative — in some cases who don't know how to drive themselves.

John Rusnak, Sunny Isles Beach