Live-blogging from mandated parent-teen 2-hour course on Connecticut rules for a graduated license. The setting is All-Star Driver, Watertown, Connecticut. There are more than 90 locations throughout the state.
It's 11:18 A.M. The group has been attentive since 10:00 A.M. and is getting that glazed-over look. No slouch at tactics to keep the class focued, instructor Scott Wilson introduces "youthful offender status." When the teen is nailed for a driving offense, unlike other offenses, it isn't removed from the record.
Scott provides the example of hitching a ride with a buddy who has taken a car without permission. The law defines that as theft. Even though the teens might contend they were not aware of the thefit they can still be arrested and booked. You bet, they could wind up to be classified as a "youthful offender." That record will follow them for life.
The teens weren't sufficiently freaked out by this possibility. Teens believe bad things won't happen to them. Two slouched off to the rest room. It is 11:24 A.M. The blogger is also becoming, well, distracted. Thoughts of a long cold Diet Coke dance in my head.