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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
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Topic - Charles Sophy
U.S. teens and tweens say their parents are riskier drivers than they claim, according to a new national survey commissioned by Ford Motor Company. While nearly all parents say they are safe drivers and good role models for their kids, more than half (51 percent) admit their teens and tweens have asked them to slow down, stop talking or texting by hand, or practice other safe driving behaviors.
Big house call
"Open communication with your child is vital as they are reaching the driving age," said family communications expert Dr. Charles Sophy. "First, set a positive example or they won't take you seriously. Then, take time to talk with them about expectations like curfews, driving destinations and speed limits, and do so on a regular basis. Encourage them to attend local driving clinics or volunteer with community police departments to see firsthand what happens on the road. This can help empower your youngsters to make good decisions."
Dr. Charles Sophy, the psychiatrist who last month declared the 26-year-old hotel heiress too "distraught and traumatized" to testify in a civil suit against her, rushed to her aid just 35 hours after she checked into the Century Regional Detention Facility in California.