A sad article appeared in the Indianapolis Star recently about Dylan Hess, a high school senior from North Putman High School. Hess played baseball, football, track and field. He was crushed to death when the vehicle he was driving wrecked on the way to a high school athletic practice. He was killed and his two teammates were slightly injured.A similar incident happened at Batesville last spring when a young athlete crashed his car on the way to practice. He fortunately survived the wreck, but was critically injured.I am in no way blaming either driver, because I was no where near where they happened. Most highway experts are worried about young drivers and their ability to recognize driving conditions when they suddenly appear. Here is where I think pushing back the driving age would help. Start drivers ed as they do now, but require an extra year of supervised driving. I am sure all of us are much better driving now than we were in our first year or two of being able to drive alone. There is no way drivers ed can ever present every driving condition you might run into. It is very hard to protect them.
Emily Darlene “Dar” Lewis
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