- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 19, 2017

SCHUYLER, Neb. (AP) - An eastern Nebraska county is seeing more juveniles driving without a proper driver’s license or permit.

Colfax County Attorney Denise Kracl told The Columbus Telegram there have been 10 to 15 such cases so far this year. One involved a 14-year-old who crashed into a tree in Schuyler with three other minors in the vehicle.

“We are lucky they walked away,” Kracl said. “I can’t believe they did.”

Nebraska has four types of permits that allow juveniles under the age of 17 to drive.

Two of the permits allow a 14-year-old to drive. One requires the 14-year-old to be accompanied by a licensed driver who’s at least 21 years old, and the other allows them to drive alone from their home to school.

The other permits have a minimum age requirement of 15 and 16.

Kracl said the biggest issue is parents allowing their children to drive without a license or a permit.

“It feels like there’s some level of parental apathy,” she added. “They just don’t care.”

She said first-time offending minors can be ticketed and considered for a youth diversion program. A second offense could lead to probations. Parents could also be charged.

“I want parents to understand that they’re going to get a ticket,” Kracl said.


This story has been corrected to show that there are only two permits that allow 14-year-olds to drive.


Information from: Columbus Telegram, https://www.columbustelegram.com

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