Parents worried about teens for good reason

March 21, 2012

Since March 18 was National Forgive Mom and Dad Day, I hope teens everywhere forgave their parents for being so protective. Parents do it because they love their children so much and could not bear it if they were to become statistics.

Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens. I lead the Maryland Teen Safe Driving Coalition working to end this epidemic. I am grateful to The Allstate Foundation and the National Safety Council for establishing and managing this grassroots initiative that protects our novice teen drivers. I know teens are resentful they do not have more driving freedom. However, most teens do not realize they are not invincible.

I do, and I refuse to watch fatalities rise when I know I can do more. I hope this letter helps all teens know that parents are here to help make sure you are safe and that you can forgive them, not just on March 18 but every day.

Cathy Gillen

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