Date: 30 Nov 2002 03:20:33 -0800
From: (Elizabeth)
Subject: Re: Any thoughts on safety?

COLUG <> wrote in message news:<c7yF9.27221 > > All anecdotal evidence. > True...but white sheets thrown over the windshield of the Escort (tree survived - teenage occupants all dead) really sways a person into wanting the best car for the job. Even if it was not driver error, but instead a mechanical failure or another vehicles fault, the Escort and its occupants never had a chance. I know it's not the most statistically sound approach to choosing a car, but the anecdotal evidence is certainly something to factor in - and throwing in the real statistics does seal the argument for me. > > The "Yuppie Mom" label sounds right on the mark. The crying over > sporting goods was the icing on the cake. :) Just didn't want my son to have a gun when he was 12 - I just didn't think it was responsible to let him go hunting at such a tender age. I barely trusted him with a steak knife at that age let alone a rifle. I wouldn't want to hunt in the same woods as a 12 year old, and the thought that millions of sixteen year olds are on the roads "in control" of a car concerns me. Gun/Car - use it wrong and people die. It takes one test at the age of 12 to get a hunting license and one test at the age of 16 to get a drivers license, however - as a parent - it's up to me to judge his level of responsibility. Have a sling-shot at 12, it is safer - have a Saab when you start driving at 16, it's safer. The crying part - a bit over the top, yes - I admit to that - but, God - I just love the kid so much. But on a side-note, we did teach him how to responsibly handle a rifle, and we have been teaching him how to responsibly handle a car - that's not Yuppie'dom, just parenting. -Elizabeth

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