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June 23, 2016
Session 19 Blog

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First, watch this short news clip about a deadly crash that occured in Kewaskum, Wisconsin during the summer of 2014.  

Next, write a 5-7 sentence comment based on the following questions. Make sure you use proper spelling and grammar to create a clear and concise response. Also make sure to abide by the rules of the blog. Remember, when you are done leaving your comment to close this tab to return back to the session page.

  • The teens lost control of their car.  What do you believe might have been reasons other than the weather that could have contributed to this?
  • What does "reasonable and prudent speed" mean?
  • Do you think the lack of driving experience may have played a role in this crash?
  • This crash happened at 8:30 am.  Is that significant?


On November 15, 2018 Yana Kudenejeva said...

I believe what happened to the two boys was awful, but there must have been a ton of factors that played into it. Firstly, the fact that it was 8:30am could have been a big factor because that's early and not everyone is always fully awake at that time as well as, we don't know what time the students had went to bed/how much sleep they had gotten. With the weather also being bad it could have made it very hard for the driver to see and navigate through, also we are not fully aware of what else they were doing in the car, possibly blasting music? On their phone, distracted? Even with "reasonable and prudent speed" being the speed that is safe for that road, if there are other weather conditions happening you should adjust your speed always. So overall, with all the factors into play there was a lot of extra things that could have went down that made a normal trip go so horribly wrong.

On November 14, 2018 Gabrielle Watry said...

The weather certainly played a role but other factors could have been speeding or the other passengers. Especially with teens, passengers are a frequent distraction. Texting could have also been an issue. A reasonable speed means a speed that is appropriate for the area and road. It is significant that it took place at 8:30 am. If detectives know this, they can find out the weather conditions at the time. Also, they could have been tired as it is early morning, or they could have been rushing to get to school.

On November 14, 2018 Olivia Webers said...

Most likely, the weather conditions on the road played a big part in why two teens lost control of their car. But, there are most definitely other factors that were involved. Some of these factors might include distracted driving (since he was driving with a friend) or it could be a simple case of lack of experience when driving through these weather/road conditions. A reasonable and prudent speed limit is subjected to change based on safety when it comes to road conditions and other factors. Lack of experience was a factor since the driver was a teen. He probably overlooked the dangers on the road. He also probably didn't have much experience driving tired at 8:30 AM, which was also a serious factor.

On November 13, 2018 Ava McHugh said...

They may have also been distracted while driving. It's possible they were eating, texting, or do something to take their attention away from the road and cause them to crash. I think a reasonable and prudent speed means abiding by the speed limit, and maybe going a little slower if conditions cause a need to do so. A lack of experience in driving in rainy conditions may have also caused them to lack confidence when driving in that situation, or they may have been unaware of how to handle it. I think the time of day is significant because they may have been running a little late to school, and trying to get there quickly, which caused unsafe driving.

On November 06, 2018 Miranda Briones said...

Good driving conditions can not always be guaranteed, so it is always important to obey the laws and drive smart. I believe the weather did play a huge role in the accident however knowing that the accident was at 8:30 am, does play a big role too. The teens could have been in a hurry trying to make it to school on time, or even tired from the night before. The phrase, "reasonable and prudent speed," means to drive at a speed that is not over the speed limit and not too much under either. However it also means to drive in away that allows you to adapt your driving to safely drive in the weather/ road conditions. I do believe that a lack of driving experience did play a role in the crash. Given the fact that it was teens driving, they would not have had their drivers license for long, and may not know what certain actions can lead to with the weather conditions. For example, the teens may never have had to drive in pouring rain so when they started to loose control they did not know how to react.

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