Teen girl pulled over by police

JEFFERSON CITY — Dorinda Padgett doesn’t want Missourians to go through what happened to her and her husband.

Padgett, a 72-year-old retired administrative assistant from Lee’s Summit, lost her husband, Larry, in 2013. He was struck and killed while riding his motorcycle when a 17-year-old ran a stop sign.

A ticket didn’t stop the young man from driving, Padgett said, and he and his family prolonged the outcome until 2016. The driver was able to keep driving in the meanwhile, she added.

Young Missouri drivers accused of unlawful driving could lose their licenses under a bill Padgett supported Tuesday morning before the House Committee on Crime Prevention and Public Safety.

“There are teens who — just being normal teens — feel bulletproof and empowered at being able to drive a car solo, having a measure of new independence, and there are also teens who have not been impressed upon the gravity of the privilege they have,” Padgett told lawmakers. “Teens and other drivers on the road would be safer if teens were to take their lumps and learn their lessons early on in the learning curve.”

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