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Teenagers need to slow down or face the consequences
By Judge Gerald Williams
Every week, law enforcement agents issue at least four, but usually around six, tickets to high school students in Anthem for speeding.
Almost none of the allegations claim the juvenile was going only a few miles per hour over the speed limit. Nearly all claim that the high school student was traveling at a rate of approximately 20 or more miles per hour over the posted speed limit.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an average of 16,375 teenagers died each year from 1999 to 2006. Approximately half of those deaths were due to accidents. Within the category of accidents, teens were most likely to die in a motor vehicle accident. In fact, that subgroup represented 73% of all accidental deaths. Of course, one way to get in such an accident is to drive 20 mph over the speed limit.
Nobody expects high school students to be perfect drivers. Arizona issues a graduated license to drivers who are at least 16 years old, but are less than 18. With such a license, there are restrictions on driving after midnight and on the number of other teenagers the child driver can have with them in the car. Some restrictions apply to everyone.
Speed limits are in place for a variety of reasons. Even arterial roads (e.g., Anthem Way, Gavilan Peak, Daisy Mountain, etc.) in residential areas have the potential for the sudden appearance of a child on a scooter. If you are going 50 mph, and if you react to the need to stop in 2 seconds, you will travel over 40 feet before you do so.
Whether you are 16 or 60, you need to follow speed limits. Juveniles cannot appear in court without a parent, so if you are in high school, feel free to ask your parents if they would not mind using some of their vacation time at work to accompany you to court. By the way and unfortunately, the court for Anthem and Dessert Hills is located in Surprise.