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Parents informed if Lake Placid teens get tickets

LAKE PLACID - Walker Deloach, a student at Lake Placid High School, said he's never been stopped by police while driving.

Nevertheless, he said, knowing that his parents will be notified if he gets a ticket or a citation, "more than likely" will influence his driving habits in the future.

Lake Placid Police Department began in November notifying parents when their children were stopped by police and either received a ticket or a warning.

"It's a way of letting parents know we care about their kids," he said.

So far the police department has sent letters to parents of 13 drivers, 18 or under, who got a ticket or a warning, he said.

Fansler's letter states: "This letter serves as notice that (name of child) was stopped for a traffic infraction (date time, and location). It is a practice of the Lake Placid Police Department to notify the parents or guardian of the traffic stop. The driver may have been issued a traffic citation or given a warning for the offense. You may contact the Police department at (863) 699-3757 with any questions, comments or concerns."

The letter adds: "Traffic crashes occur every 12 seconds in the United States. Vehicle crashes are the number one cause of deaths among young adults. Teens are more likely to be killed in an automobile crash than any other way. Because of this, we urge you to encourage your children to drive safely."

Fansler said he suspected that in some cases when teenagers got citations or warnings, they don't tell their parents about being stopped.

Johnny Taylor, a Lake Placid High School student, said he feels the policy is "reasonable."

Parents should know what their children are doing, he said.

Deloach said he feels that the issues are mostly the teenager's issue since he/she got stopped and that many of the parents don't care whether their child got a ticket or a warning.

But Fansler said parents have told him that they appreciate the police department caring about their children.

One teenager got a citation for 63 miles per hour in a 25-miles per hour zone, Fansler said.

"The mom called, thanking me and said she didn't have any idea about the child receiving the citation and the court date," he added.

He said he's also heard that some students have said they appreciate that the police department cares about them.

As for whether teenagers are driving better because the word got out about the new policy, Fansler said, "I would hope so."

But, he added, that a month or two is not enough to judge the effectiveness of the new policy.


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