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  • marciamal1 Jan 10, 2:45 p.m.

    i agree with btneast - teens are too irresponsible to drive at 16 - too dangerous behind the wheel.

  • heelsgirl05 Jan 7, 2:37 p.m.

    Also, if anyone is under 16 in the car with no seatbelt, the driver gets the ticket. however, if the passenger is 16 or older, the passenger gets the ticket

  • heelsgirl05 Jan 7, 2:36 p.m.

    luvbailey- They can't have more than 1 passenger under the age of 18 in the car, unless one is a relative. They get their provisional (6 months) license after having their permit for at least 1 year, or you can take drivers ed and go to the DMV when you are 18 and get your drivers license. On the 6 month license, they can't drive after 9 unless they are coming from work or involved in a sporting event. after 6 months they can get their full license and can drive whenever and wherever they want (according to state laws, parental laws may vary household to household ;) )

  • richynorma Jan 4, 4:19 p.m.

    OUR PRAYER FOR HIS FAMILY, WE KNOW HE IS IN THE BEST HANDS NOW AND FOREVER,
    FOR THE GUY WHO KILL HIM SORRY FOR YOUR SOUL AS YOU WILL NEVER NEVER NEVER TAKE AWAY THAT GUILTY OF YOUR OFF YOUR MIND.

  • btneast Jan 4, 2:53 p.m.

    This is why 99% of the time teenagers have no business driving.

    Some truth to that, but driving is how they get experience.

  • irishgirlsarepretty Jan 4, 1:53 p.m.

    This is why 99% of the time teenagers have no business driving.

  • Mom V Jan 3, 4:36 p.m.

    My heart goes out to all involved. These kids made a stupid mistake that cost them their lives. If after this just one kid realizes that they are not "10 ft tall and bullet proof" and slows down who knows how many lives will be saved. I certainly let my son who is about to start drivers ed, read all these articles. Only by the grace of God, I will never get this call for the police. My prayers to the all involved.

  • mrsox05 Jan 3, 10:40 a.m.

    Somebody refresh me on the rules pertaining to 16 year old drivers having passengers in their vehicles.luvbailey

    everyone have on a seatblet. must be home by 930 if on a restricted license. lrfarms27572

    *1. Everyone must have on a seat belt regardless of age and whether you are sitting in the front or the back. 2. They can also only have 1 other occupant unless it is a sibling/relative... There are lots of rules a lot of them don't follow. I made my daughter sign a contract when she got her license and her car. She had to abide by my rules as well as the states or she was not allowed to drive.

    This is SAD indeed, but could have been prevented.

  • delta29alpha Jan 3, 9:54 a.m.

    All you can do is educate and try to instill responsibility in you kid and hope that when the time comes they will make the right decisions. Some kids will learn from this accident but there are some that will not. teenagers feel invincible to a degree, and do things on impulse without thinking it through, it's the nature of the beast. Street racing is certainly not anything new it's been a problem since cars were invented. Kids at this age are at the edge of adult hood and have to be given responsibilities, some can handle it but unfortunately some do not.

  • melholleran Jan 3, 9:16 a.m.

    I'm not understanding the comment that we don't know why this happened? The kids were racing and lost control. Please let this help other teens understand the dangers of such behavior. Not unlike drunk driving fatalities, we don't need the gory details but for edification only.

  • busyb97 Jan 2, 6:58 p.m.

    I don't think anyone should "sensationalize" or overdo the coverage surrounding this or any other tragedy, but I do think it is important to know some of what happened. In this case, with the street racing, it could serve as a lesson to other teens about the dangers. Every few years, a new generation of drivers comes up and someone dies. As horrible as it is for everyone involved, I think it sticks in the minds of the current teen drivers- at least for awhile.

    Prayers for all of the families involved- from both vehicles.

  • wardonpatrol Jan 2, 6:46 p.m.

    This is so sad for the families involved. I have lived this nightmare. For those of you passing judgement, stop. It is hurtful to the families involved. Even if they do not see your post at this time. They will learn of peoples opinions. 16 years old has been the age in which we could receive our licenses for a long time. At 16 I was even driving a school bus. Do not blame the parents or government for allowing these kids to drive. Accidents happen even when the law if not being followed. Even though it is suppose to be public knowledge, I blame the media for exploiting the facts regarding the accident. It disregards the feelings of the families and friends involved. What ever happened to compassion in our society. The wreck should have been reported without the reasons why. Our society always finds something to put the BLAME on and the media jumps on that. My prayers to the families.

  • Unfair Moderators Stink Jan 2, 6:40 p.m.

    Sad. Sad and avoidable. All teens think they are the best driver in the world when quite the opposite is true. They are more interested in looking cool behind the wheel than they are about operating a vehicle safely. Prayers to the family and friends of the kids that lost their lives.

  • davidriley12 Jan 2, 5:52 p.m.

    If we can teach our kids not to smoke and drink underage, wear seat belts, never drink and drive, and be respectful of the road, we can save lives.

  • Desiderata Jan 2, 5:50 p.m.

    Racing in a truck is different than a car, as their is not enough weight in the rear to balance out the truck when you are driving at excessive speeds . No one should be racing on the roads, but they do it anyway. May this be an incentive to those who think of doing it that they may be the next to have their pictures posted on WRAL , but not in a good way. Seat belts are there for a reason,,, wearing it could save your life. And , sad to say, there are an number of friends and families who DO know what it is like to lose a child , too bad there is no real way to get these people out there to speak their mind and possibly stop another tragic accident such as this.

  • highcountry Jan 2, 5:32 p.m.

    As a person with a child about to take his driving classes soon this story really hits home. It is so scary to watch your child grow up and start driving, going out on their own, etc. You want so bad for them to remember everything you taught them and pray that they'll listen and be safe. Unfortunately for these two they didn't and now a lot of lives will be changed. I am definitley going to show my son this article in hopes that he will take driving very seriously. So, if even one life will be saved from this they wouldn't have died in vein. Prayers for the parents! And for the other driver who is just a kid himself.

  • JohnnyVoodoo Jan 2, 5:25 p.m.

    16 year olds driving and racing simply don't mix. And when you do mix the two, this is often the outcome.

  • beaulahjackson4 Jan 2, 5:24 p.m.

    This is truly sad. My prayers go out to the victims families, as well as students, friends, teachers and loved ones of these 2 young souls. I survived a car accident at age 13 that the 2 other passengers died in. I pray the 2 survivors are able to come to terms with this emotionally..in time.

    I was taught that when driving you have a 2000 to 4000 pound weapon in your hands. Sadly, most don't understand weight, gravity and velocity, nor the ramifications therein. I am not a speeder, never have been. I grew up in Raleigh and inside the belt-line there are very few areas that are above 35 mph. No matter how new your vehicle is or how many gadgets it has YOU are still supposed to be the safest device in your vehicle.

  • Relic Jan 2, 5:15 p.m.

    GoGreen - Thank you for being honest about your son's situation and not being one of the "the cops drive fast too" enablers that we see on these forums so often. Pre-arrainged racing in NC is a more serious offense than failure to stop for a blue light and siren and incidents like this is why. Again, thank you!

  • 3forme Jan 2, 5:15 p.m.

    Very sad for all concerned...Prayers to all the families and friends.

  • klrs0417 Jan 2, 4:58 p.m.

    @rachel-for the first six months that a 16yo is licensed they can only have 1 other person in the vehicle but after that they are not limited to the number of people allowed.

  • sweetitstinaa Jan 2, 4:56 p.m.

    Wait a second, where does it say they weren't wearing seatbelts?

  • sweetitstinaa Jan 2, 4:53 p.m.

    @ Rachel.."to my knowledge- sixteen year old drivers may only carry passengers that are over the age of eighteen and may not have a car full of young teens- the driver must be over the age of 18 to carry young teens this age- I am so sorry for this loss for all the families involved"

    at 16 & a half you are eligible to have your "after nines" which permits you to have as many passengers as you can hold.

    No matter what, its sure is sad :(

  • GoGreen Jan 2, 4:44 p.m.

    But for the grace of God, there go I. Or rather my son. These kids went to my son's school. He did not know them but does have friends that knew them. I feel for the families. Maybe, just maybe some message will be passed to the kids at Orange High. A lesson learned. It will not bring back these two kids or really help with the grief these families feel but somewhere down the line, a life might be saved.

    Last month, my son got pulled for 72 in a 55, flying down one of these curvy, back-roads of Orange County. He tried to outrun the cop too, came to a curve in the road and lost control. He ended up in the ditch. Fortunately he was not hurt at all. For that I am thankful. I have since learned that he has hit 100 on this very road three times (he told me) and has raced a friend of his.

    I have been told by our attorney that more boys in this age group are killed by speeding that alcohol. I believe it. Talk to your sons (and daughters) about dangerous driving. And wear those seatbelts!

  • North Carolina Cutie Jan 2, 4:42 p.m.

    No one asks for an accident to happen that's why it's called an accident. My prayers go out to the families please talk to your children about safe driving and let them know to follow the rules of driving at 16. Don't be influence by friends.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jan 2, 4:39 p.m.

    This is so sad. Everyone here who didn't do dumb things when they were young please feel free to spew the derogatory comments.

  • Deb1003 Jan 2, 4:32 p.m.

    Sigh...a 16yo driver and passengers of a pick-up racing w/o wearing seatbelts. I can't think of anyway this would've turned out w/o an accident...or fatalities.

  • rachel Jan 2, 4:31 p.m.

    to my knowledge- sixteen year old drivers may only carry passengers that are over the age of eighteen and may not have a car full of young teens- the driver must be over the age of 18 to carry young teens this age- I am so sorry for this loss for all the families involved

  • callie2 Jan 2, 4:29 p.m.

    Raleigh Boys - there was no alcohol involved in this incident. That would have been the first factor mentioned, should it have been one. What exactly do you mean - Happylymarried? Who the heck is glorifying this situation? The only reason those factors are mentioned is because they are DEAD from it. If anything, there is a message NOT to do those things to other kids. Remember these families are local and people should think long and hard about how they would feel reading these comments before saying something hurtful and/or ignorant. These people have lost their children.

  • ASUfan02 Jan 2, 4:28 p.m.

    Raleigh Boys.... they had not been drinking so how about get your facts straight before you post something that you know nothing about. Have a little respect for the family and friends that are grieving.

  • btneast Jan 2, 4:28 p.m.

    Somebody refresh me on the rules pertaining to 16 year old drivers having passengers in their vehicles.

    Can't remember , been a few years since my girls were 16, but I THINK for the first 6 months, maybe longer, it is very restrictive on how many passengers they can have. He may have been past that part of the graduated license, but a pickup can only have 3 people in the front seat, assuming it had a bench seat......and they were not wearing seat belts.

  • LEO 101 Jan 2, 4:25 p.m.

    I'm sorry for this to happen, but you ask for it and you will get it. Parents can't be with their children all the time so the passengers that were not suppose to be in the pick up the start with, probably were not known to be in there until the crash..Hope young people learn from this, but then again they will not..

  • lrfarms27572 Jan 2, 4:23 p.m.

    Somebody refresh me on the rules pertaining to 16 year old drivers having passengers in their vehicles.

    luvbailey

    everyone have on a seatblet. must be home by 930 if on a restricted license

  • luvbailey Jan 2, 4:12 p.m.

    Somebody refresh me on the rules pertaining to 16 year old drivers having passengers in their vehicles.

  • edits Jan 2, 4:11 p.m.

    I am sorry for the friends and families of these youngsters. This is the EXACT reason why 16 years old is TOO YOUNG to be behind the wheel of a car. Kids that age make poor decisions (not all of them) but not wearing your seatbelt and racing were both very poor decisions. This absolutely breaks my heart because when I see this I look at it as if one of these young people that pass could have had their whole life ahead of them, who knows, one of these two could have held the key to curing cancer.

  • computer trainer Jan 2, 4:11 p.m.

    What a shame!

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