I’m sure most of us can remember practicing driving with our parents around the neighborhood or empty church or school parking lot. For me, it wasn’t the most pleasant experience, but it was still a great way to learn all of the basics. Whatever bad memories those times bring up, it probably doesn’t get quite as bad as it did for a 15-year-old in Ashburn, Virginia.
The teen was driving through their neighborhood, with their father in the passenger seat, when they accidentally accelerated. This resulted in them jumping a curb and hitting three children who were playing outside. All three of the young girls were taken to hospitals. The youngest, a 7-year-old, was airlifted to Inova Fairfax Hospital because of life-threatening injuries.
In the state of Virginia, young drivers can get their learner’s permits at 15 and a half, and their licenses at 16 and three months. In Washington State, instruction permits are issued as early as 15 years old if the applicant is enrolled in a driver’s ed course. Young drivers can then get their intermediate licenses at age 16. They must have completed 50 driving practice hours, 10 of which must have been done at night, accompanied by someone who has had their license for at least five years.