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DON'T PUNISH RESPONSIBLE TEENS

I am responding to Walter C. Litchfield's letter of May 4, in which he suggested we not let kids drive until age 18. I, a chauffeur mother, resent this. It seems today that society is intent on punishing the working, the honest, the good students and the law-abiding by producing rules and laws to protect us from the few who do not conform to laws of responsibility and good judgment. I believe we have had enough of our freedoms taken away. It is time to punish those who do not conform.

I have three sons - two of whom drive. They have had no accidents, no tickets, A-B averages, musical abilities, both Eagle Scouts, one on an LDS mission in Brazil; the other enjoys Yanni, classical music, writes poetry and is a drum major at his high school and also plays with the West Jordan City Band. My youngest is following in his older brothers' footsteps.My sons have had a lawn-care business since they were 8 years old, and either my husband or I have driven them, worked beside them and taught them you do not receive anything without working for it. I cannot drive them everywhere anymore. My husband and I now work two jobs ourselves. Instead, why don't we turn the licensing of students over to the schools, where licenses will be issued upon a C-average, satisfactory behavior and attendance at school and no police problems. But stop trying to punish young people and old alike who are working hard to become and stay capable adults. Those who do not meet the above criteria will drive anyway - those who obey won't. Quit punishing those who obey.

Mary Jane Stewart

Bluffdale