Teenagers are prone to doing stupid things. Anyone who has a teenager, had a teenager or knows a teenager knows this is true.

Maybe it’s all the hormones running through their system or maybe it’s a lack of experience, but whatever it is, it sometimes makes them do stupid things.

Like street racing. Traffic school doesn’t turn out race car drivers.

Street racing has reached near epidemic proportions in several U.S. states, most especially California, where some street racers and spectators of these illegal races have been killed. As a result of the damage done by these illegal races and the teenagers who drive in them some police departments have declared January “Teen Driver Safety” month.

A new non-profit group called B.R.A.K.E.S., (Be Responsible And Keep Everyone Safe) has been garnering support for their efforts in keeping kids from risking their lives and the lives of others for a few minutes of fun.

In the last three years B.R.A.K.E.S. has reached out to more than 3,000 students in more than a dozen states to educate them about the dangers of street racing. It has the support of the National Hot Rod Association and parents groups around the country.

Teenagers are prone to destructive behavior. When you put them behind the wheel of a 5,000 pound vehicle that can reach speeds in excess of 100mph, it is like asking for trouble. Not that teenagers should not be allowed to drive. Not every teenager is a daredevil behind the wheel, but some of them are and we need a way to reach those teens most likely to engage in this behavior before they kill themselves or someone else.

The fact is traffic school is not the place where you learn how to drive faster, or have better control while you race your car. It teaches everyone to be a safe, responsible, good defensive driver.

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