My son turns 16 in about 6 weeks, which, as any parent will tell you, means he’s eligible for his learner’s permit. He’s gona be a driver. Over breakfast this morning we were chatting away about this looming event.
‘Everyone says you just need to read the manual for about an hour or two the night before and you’re fine,” Young Lemov says to me of the test. “I mean, you only need a 70 to pass.”
I almost chocked on my oatmeal. I want you to think about that. The policy is: any 16 year old in New York State can drive several tons of steel around at speeds sufficient to kill other citizens if they understand 70 percent of the laws pertaining to motor vehicle operation. And this includes the stupid and obvious questions–about 50%–that a Kindergartener could get right.
70%. You just need to know a few rules to get started driving here in New York, kids! Choose the ones that are best for you.
God, no wonder our roads are full of drivers endangering your family and mine.