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April 6, 1988 | LYNNE HEFFLEY
The nationwide statistics are frightening: 57% of all teens become sexually active before age 17; one of every seven teens contracts a sexually transmitted disease, and teen-age pregnancy statistics continue to climb, even among girls under 14. When careless sexual contact can mean a death sentence, are we doing enough to protect our children? Tonight's thoughtful "KCET Journal" report, "Kids, Sex and Choices," airing at 9 p.m.
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February 14, 2012 | By Jeannine Stein, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
In states that don't have driver education requirements, more than one in three students got a license without any formal driver ed training, a study finds. A representative sample of 1,770 ninth through 11th graders from across the country were asked about their participation in driver education programs. Among them, 78.8% had taken part in a formal driver ed course. A typical class, according to the study, consists of 30 hours of classroom training and six hours of behind the wheel instruction with a certified instructor.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 1998 | DADE HAYES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Hazards fill the road in front of Richard Ordonez. A small child makes quick, heart-stopping leaps into the path of his postal truck. A basketball keeps bouncing out from the curb, forcing him to hit the brakes. Runaway garbage cans abound in this cul-de-sac-of-horrors. It adds up to a mail carrier's nightmare, with the only thing missing being a dog bite to the backside. "Stressful," Ordonez sighs after stepping out of the small white vehicle.
SPORTS
December 22, 2007 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
DALLAS -- Tim Thomas and Mike Dunleavy agree. Both say that Thomas, who has been limited by a sprained right ankle in recent games, should attack the rim more often. "I've been doing that of late, just knowing that my shot hasn't really been going," Thomas said. "I've been limited as far as moving and planting on my ankle, but that's one of the things I'm trying to work on now."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 1998 | LIZ SEYMOUR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
If you want to know why a state law has been enacted to restrict driving privileges for teens, just scan the bulletin board in Mike Roche's driver's education classroom at Laguna Beach High School. The wall of photos features track stars, the swim team and candid group shots of students, probably more than 300 of them. Of those, 17 are dead, all victims of car crashes. It is the kind of grim statistic that has prompted the new law, which glided through the Legislature and takes effect July 1.
NEWS
October 1, 1998 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
Grim reapings: About 42,000 people die on our highways each year--an American tragedy that comes surprisingly close to matching the total of GIs killed in 10 years of fighting in Vietnam. Gladder tidings: That annual toll has remained pretty even for a decade, despite choking freeways and a population of vehicles and citizens growing at a rate of 1% per annum. Drunk-driving deaths are down. Thirty years ago 5.
NEWS
October 1, 1998 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jessica Csernak was terrified, and I wasn't feeling so hot either as we looked at the other cars on the apron of Buttonwillow Race Track, about 30 incredibly hot miles northwest of Bakersfield. Jessica, not yet 16, was there with her mom's stock 1996 Kia Sephia sedan. I, not yet 51, was there in my almost-stock 1992 sport-utility vehicle--a Mazda Navajo (a two-door Ford Explorer with a Mazda grille).
OPINION
July 26, 1998
Re "Rude Roads," July 21: Traffic Commissioner Beverly Mosley has it almost right. To prevent needless traffic deaths and fight increasing instances of road rage, we do need driver education classes reinstituted in high school curriculums. These classes also need to be made a mandatory condition of every license renewal. We seem to think that driving is an activity where 50 or 60 hours of training at age 16 is enough for a lifetime. I believe it to be an activity that requires continuing education.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 27, 1992 | HELAINE OLEN
The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to establish California's second municipally operated driver education program for traffic offenders. Drivers would be excused from paying their fines in return for attending the school, which would produce city revenue projected at $40,000 a month. But the fate of the classes will depend on the Legislature.
SPORTS
December 22, 2007 | Jonathan Abrams, Times Staff Writer
DALLAS -- Tim Thomas and Mike Dunleavy agree. Both say that Thomas, who has been limited by a sprained right ankle in recent games, should attack the rim more often. "I've been doing that of late, just knowing that my shot hasn't really been going," Thomas said. "I've been limited as far as moving and planting on my ankle, but that's one of the things I'm trying to work on now."
NEWS
July 31, 2005 | John Kekis, Associated Press Writer
Three years licensed but with little actual driving experience, 19-year-old Scott Owens is itching to slide behind the wheel of the 2005 Chevrolet Impala, the test car for this session of a unique driving program. As he waits his turn, he's just like any other teenage boy promised the keys to Dad's car -- fidgety, with a broad smile across his face.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 2, 2004 | Shawn Hubler, Times Staff Writer
Like most of her classmates at Laguna Hills High School, Kayte Greenfelder took driver's education at 16. She sat through the grainy old death-on-the-asphalt movies, memorized the handouts on rights-of-way and traffic signals, even went to the Department of Motor Vehicles and got a learner's permit. Somehow, though, she never got around to actually getting her license.
OPINION
October 24, 1999
Congratulations on your Oct. 12 editorial calling for steps to address the rash of recent pedestrian traffic deaths. One of your steps refers to restoring driver education and driver training to our public schools. Given that there are far more deaths and injuries from traffic collisions on our highways than from any other cause for young people, does it not seem sensible to include such instruction in our schools? Unfortunately, in recent years state officials have diverted traffic fine money collected away from high school driver training to other programs.
NEWS
July 14, 1999 | CHRIS ERSKINE
She spins around the Rose Bowl parking lot in her mother's white minivan, a car with the handling and sex appeal of a giant Tupperware container. Safe. Solid. Easy to wash. Tupperware. "I like this car," my lovely and patient older daughter says. "Me too," I say. Just turned 16, my daughter hears the call of the concrete, the whistle of the automobile want ads. Not once has she spotted a vehicle she wouldn't love to marry. To her, there are no ugly cars.
NEWS
October 1, 1998 | PAUL DEAN, TIMES AUTOMOTIVE WRITER
Grim reapings: About 42,000 people die on our highways each year--an American tragedy that comes surprisingly close to matching the total of GIs killed in 10 years of fighting in Vietnam. Gladder tidings: That annual toll has remained pretty even for a decade, despite choking freeways and a population of vehicles and citizens growing at a rate of 1% per annum. Drunk-driving deaths are down. Thirty years ago 5.
NEWS
October 1, 1998 | JOHN O'DELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Jessica Csernak was terrified, and I wasn't feeling so hot either as we looked at the other cars on the apron of Buttonwillow Race Track, about 30 incredibly hot miles northwest of Bakersfield. Jessica, not yet 16, was there with her mom's stock 1996 Kia Sephia sedan. I, not yet 51, was there in my almost-stock 1992 sport-utility vehicle--a Mazda Navajo (a two-door Ford Explorer with a Mazda grille).
NEWS
October 1, 1998 | SAM SAYLOR, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Sierra's new driver education program is designed to help people like me learn to drive. I'm a 15-year-old with a learner's permit, and I did learn at least one important lesson from this program. After hours of fruitlessly trying to calibrate the control panel that came with the driving simulation, I learned that it is extremely difficult to control a car when you have to hold the brakes down continually just to keep from peeling out and blasting over the speed limit.
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