Driving Curfew: Give us A Brake

Zoe Brown , Features Editor

Think about the freedom you gain having your license. Or for you underclassmen, the freedom you know you’re going to have when the day comes that you no longer need mommy and daddy to drive you everywhere.

You can finally be a real person. You can finally have independence, control, responsibility.

You can finally spend your weekends doing what you want when you want without your parents chauffeuring you from place to place.

Or can you?

Driving curfew is the ultimate roadblock to having a fun Friday or Saturday night that all students deserve.

Honestly, I understand why it’s the law. The National Traffic Highway Safety Commission reported that in 1990, the nighttime auto accident rate was 3.7 times as high as the daytime rate.

But still, after pushing through assignment after assignment and test after test and project after project weekly, us students deserve a weekend full of relaxation and fun.

Say it’s a Friday night and you’ve just finished a typical school week (you know, six tests, five quizzes, three projects, and 400 pages of reading). You are driving and you arrive at a party at 9:30, excited to finally give your brain a rest.

Now it’s 10:40, only an hour and ten minutes later and you have to leave because you have to be home by 11:00 on the dot.

Say you want to go to that 9:30 showing of “We’re The Millers” and drive there yourself.  No way; you wouldn’t get home until 11:01!

Basically, all I want is a little more time—for curfew to allow us to have a little breathing room. Even 11:30 would be acceptable. We’re kids. We want to have fun. Sometimes, having fun involves staying out a little later.

11:00 p.m. is just too early. It doesn’t allow us drivers to make the most of our weekends.

All I’m asking for is 30 extra minutes.

Give us a break. We deserve it.