What do we do to improve oversight of teenage drivers?

by Michael Caputo, Minnesota Public Radio
April 27, 2010

Typically after accidents like the one that claimed six lives in Cambridge, most of them teenagers, we wonder what to do to prevent this from happening again. Some will suggest public policy changes to laws that govern licensing teenagers to drive. Others say that improving education and enforcement of existing laws are needed.

There are those who will look to the schools. And many will say that it's really all up to parents to better supervise teens who are getting behind the wheel. This, of course, is prom season, which will only heighten the issue.

MPR invited public safety and insurance experts, teenagers and school officials to an Online Forum on the oversight of teenage drivers. Some of the guests included:

• Lisa Kons, of the Minnesota Network of Employers for Traffic Safety

• Natalie Hayford, Anoka student and member of the local SADD chapter

You canr read the archived replay of the chat below: