A closer look at teenage driving restrictions amid Tishomingo crash


BROKEN ARROW, Okla. – 2 News Oklahoma has sat down with a driving instructor after six high school students were killed in a crash in Johnston County on Tuesday.

The fatal crash happened around 12:20 p.m. Oklahoma Highway Patrol told KFOR that six girls who attended Tishomingo High School were in a 2015 Chevrolet Spark that collided with a tractor-trailer at the junction of Route 377 and National Route 22.

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Four of the girls were pronounced dead at the scene. The other two were taken to Mercy Hospital where they later died from their injuries. The driver of the semi-trailer was not injured in the accident.

The driver was a 16-year-old girl, another girl was 17, and the other four were 15.

James Fix, owner of Tiger Driving School in Broken Arrow, says the news of an accident, like Tishomingo’s, is his biggest fear. For almost 15 years, he taught driving to more than 8,000 students.

Fix says teenagers are particularly vulnerable to crashes, and driving with a friend increases that risk by 50%. He says it’s often caused by distractions.

It may also be illegal depending on the age of the driver. Oklahoma’s “Graduated Licensing Law”, introduced in 2010, states that teenage drivers must have their license for six months before they can have more than one passenger in their car at a time.

However, Fix says it’s still not long enough.

“I push my parents not to let the kids drive with anyone for weeks and to drive alone. And ideally the restriction, the 6 month one, I would like them to leave it for a year , if not until they age 18,” Fix said.

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