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Why was driver's aunt charged for Maryland car accident?

Do you remember when you first learned how to drive? Maybe your mom or dad took you to an empty parking lot to teach you the basics. Maybe they just let you drive around your neighborhood circle during a slow time of day, so you wouldn't put anyone at risk.

What they probably did not do was take you somewhere near a lake. What if you made one wrong move and wound up in the lake? That fear became a reality for one Maryland teen driver whose aunt was giving her a lesson on Tuesday. The 14-year-old driver accidently drove into a nearby lake, proving how irresponsible teaching can lead to a car accident - and citations for the aunt in this case.

According to The Baltimore Sun, an aunt wound up in a lake and then in legal trouble when she let her young niece drive near Lake Montebello. Similarly to most new drivers, the teen got confused during her driving lesson and hit the gas when she meant to hit the brake. Because she was taken to such a high-risk location for her lesson, the result of her mistake was a bit more dramatic. She drove the car into the lake.

Luckily, the driver, her aunt and one other passenger all got out of the soaked vehicle safely. But just imagine the fear of driving that the teen probably carries with her now. Not to mention, this accident could have easily ended in tragedy.

The teen shouldn't have even been getting a hands-on driving lesson in the first place. In the state of Maryland, the earliest someone can begin driving practice is when they have a permit and are at least 15 years and nine months old. For violating that rule, the 25-year-old aunt in this case was issued citations for allowing a motor vehicle to be driven on public road by an unlicensed person and a child under the age of 15.

As a result of these violations, she might have to pay more than $400 in fines. She is lucky that her decision didn't lead to a crash with another vehicle, which could have ended in a more expensive personal injury lawsuit.

What's the $400 lesson, then? Don't give into a teen's insistence to learn how to drive too early. Plus, find a safe driving course, preferably a dry one.


The Baltimore Sun: "Girl, 14, crashes into Lake Montebello while receiving driving lesson in van," Don Markus, 7 Jun. 2011

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