Speak Out!

April 27, 2005

THE ISSUE: As part of a countywide safety initiative, Police Chief Wayne Livesay and schools Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin are considering programs to modify teenagers' driving behavior. These include standardizing school parking rules, requiring attendance at a safety seminar before getting a school parking permit and denying a permit to students who have blemishes on their driving records.

PRO: Parking permits are prized, and knowing that they are a privilege that could be taken away for speeding in a school zone, for instance, would encourage students to drive more safely.

CON: Checking the driving records of the nearly 4,000 student drivers in Howard County would be difficult. In addition, such an effort could infringe on parents' rights to determine the punishment for their children's mistakes made outside of school hours and away from school property.

YOUR VIEW: Tell us what you think. Send e-mail responses by Thursday to howard.speakout@baltsun.com. A selection of responses will be published Sunday. Please keep your responses short and include your name, address and telephone number. Addresses and phone numbers will not be published.

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