Looking up into the rearview mirror and seeing the red and blue lights is a position nobody wants to be in. Getting into an accident, possibly getting injured, or injuring someone else, is arguably an even worse situation for many young drivers.
These accidents and tickets have the biggest effect, by far, on teenagers, due to all of the harsh consequences they have to suffer. Some of these consequences include paying huge fines, having to retake driver’s education classes, parents being mad, the car possibly being totaled, and the worst of all, the loss of a license.
This year at ARHS there have been some tickets and even accidents involving student drivers. Most recently, was an incident involving ARHS junior Hunter Lovelace.
On November 4, Lovelace, a resident of Shutesbury, was going west on the S-curve on Shutesbury Road, giving senior Jovan Rivera a ride to school. Suddenly, he was pulled over for for going too fast. “The cop thought I was going 12 miles per hour over the speed limit. Word to my mother I wasn’t,” said Lovelace. “If anything I was going five over.”
Lovelace got a speeding citation, and since he still has his Junior Operating License has to face some pretty severe punishments. If the citation follows through, Lovelace will lose his license for three months, have to pay a reinstatement fee of $500, pay at least $125 for the ticket itself, and he will have to take a driving class on speeding. On top of all that, his insurance rates will probably go up. Lovelace strongly believes this citation was not fair.
“Im taking this to court,” he said. “I do not believe it was fair. I was getting tailgated and I thought that it would not be safe if I were to slow down. In my opinion that S-curve is an absolute speed trap.” Lovelace is going to attend a court hearing about the ticket in the near future.
Another ARHS junior and Shutesbury resident, Alex Sciaruto ran into road trouble, however no police were involved this time. Sciaruto was driving to Killington Mountain several weeks ago on a ski trip with another ARHS junior Marco Giavalisco, when the unexpected happened. “Well it was really wet out and I was making a left turn a little too fast. I slid all the way out, so I tried to correct myself, and then corrected myself too much, and ended up in a ditch,” said Sciaruto
Luckily Sciaruto made it out okay, with little to no car damage, and was able to continue on the skiing trip. He admitted that he probably would have gotten a ticket due to driving too fast for the weather conditions at the time.
Sometimes these unfortunate events that occur while driving can turn out to not be too bad. In this case for Sciaruto he figured out his tires were too worn, and was able to get them replaced. “I went to get my tires checked out… apparently I’m below the minimum state size requirement, so I’m getting them replaced today.” And as for Lovelace, if he wins the court case, maybe he will see it as a learning lesson to be more cautious in terms of driving closer to the speed limit on rural roads.