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Parental Denial

At its finest:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/18/AR2006011802616.html?nav=rss_metro

"Our daughter is a complete idiot, not a criminal!"
Permalink Phil 
January 19th, 2006
"We don't feel she was eluding police," echoed Huck's half sister Stacey Cross, 25. "She had no reason to."

What apart from driving a car without a license, creeping out of home at 4 in the morning and having technically stolen your mothers car.
Permalink Andrew Gilfrin 
January 19th, 2006
I think noob drivers often panic and do crazy shit when something unexpected happens, so I don't think its that crazy.
Permalink Zoot 
January 19th, 2006
Families are usually in denial about any malace of their offspring/siblings.

In any case, you're talking about a family that just lost their 15 year old daughter/sibling. Seems a bit mean-spirited to pick on them.
Permalink Dennis Forbes 
January 19th, 2006
Must remember to teach my kids:
"You can't outrun radio"

Philo
Permalink Philo 
January 19th, 2006
What a noob. Now a dead noob but a noob none the less.

(I bet I would own her at driving.)
Permalink IMesh 
January 19th, 2006
The line between idiocy and illegality can be very thin at times. Especially at 4 in the morning, at 80 miles an hour, when police lights start flashing behind you.

That's part of what driver training is all about, to tell you to pull over when the cops want you to pull over -- instead of trying to power out of there, which is usually the noob's first response.

But 90 seconds is a really long time. That whole "accellerator vs. brake" thing may make the parents feel better, but it doesn't make a lot of sense.

Sadly, I'm afraid it's Darwin award time. But what were the parents thinking?
Permalink AllanL5 
January 19th, 2006
"But what were the parents thinking?"
Where you going with this one? Parents buying a teenager (who is learning to drive) a car is somehow beyond the pale?
Permalink Star Wars Kid 
January 19th, 2006
>> But what were the parents thinking?

I'm goddam sure that they were not thinking "Hey lets buy a car for [kid] to learn on so she can sneak out of the house in the middle of the night and drive over to her boyfriends house without a license and then try to outrun the cops on the way home and kill herself."

So what exactly did you mean by your statement?
Permalink O Canader 
January 19th, 2006
"But 90 seconds is a really long time."

The pursuit was 90 sec. That is usually measured from the time the cop car pulls onto the highway, not from when the cop gets on the bumper of the speeder. And just to stop a speeder the cops can't go much faster than that, or they get investigated for endangering the public themselves.

My guess? The girl saw the cop beside the road, and tried to get out of sight and off the road before the cop got her back into sight. I've heard stories of people that have successfully done it, so I'm not surprised that she tried...
Permalink Steamrolla 
January 20th, 2006

This topic was orginally posted to the off-topic forum of the
Joel on Software discussion board.

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