Speakout!

December 24, 2006

THE ISSUE: -- The Howard County school system is looking into creating a truancy court that places stiffer penalties on students, including the possible loss of driving privileges. What do you think?

Let us not confuse education, driving

The Sun notes that Howard County school officials are considering punishing truant students with loss of driving privileges.

We have seen some horrible traffic accidents in the county recently and there is a lesson to be taught to young drivers. The lesson is: Drive safely. It is not: Skip school and we won't let you drive.

Parents, government and law enforcement must control the driving privileges of young drivers; schools should not attempt to blur to the lines of responsibility.

Encouraging students to stay in school is very important, but let's not confuse that goal with the life-and-death issues of safe driving.

D. H. White

Ellicott City

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