Ohio law would require teen drivers to have CPR and First Aid

Yes, indeed, a sad story. It took EMS 6 minutes to reach the scene of the accident. Solution? Why we simply force everyone now to take classes in order to be able leap into the breech. Of course it is a great idea, but where do we end with these great ideas? For me, this is a precise example of how our government feels about us. We are merely cogs in the bureaucratic wheel that can be dictated to. Any thoughts about making this optional? When do these mandates end? When I googled this story, I was amazed how everyone concurred that this was a simple solution without regard to the impact on its subjects. How easily it now comes to pass these laws that require us to perform certain behaviors.

A Geauga County woman’s death could create new requirements for teens eager to get behind the wheel.

“A young neighbor man came into the culdesac too fast, he did not see her. He ran off into the grassy berm, he did not cover her and he did not do any CPR,” said the Jennifer’s mother, Peggy Halley.

According to Peggy, it took six minutes for paramedics to arrive. In the days after her daughter’s death, Peggy started writing letters to local lawmakers to see what changes could be made to driver’s license requirements.

Because of the tragedy, Republican State Representative Cheryl Grossman, of Grove City, decided to sponsor legislation which would require all teen drivers to learn CPR and first aid training. “Just one time you could affect the outcome in a positive way in a tragic accident or someone having a heart attack, it would be well worth it,” said Rep. Grossman.

The bill is being currently drafted and is expected to be introduced next month.

Fox 8

14 Responses to “Ohio law would require teen drivers to have CPR and First Aid”

  1. Steve Dennis Says:

    So, a person who is still shaken up from being in an accident is supposed to have the wherewithal to calmly and properly administer CPR? Sounds like another good ideal gone awry.


  2. LD Jackson Says:

    Why is it that so many people seem to believe that the answer to any problem is another regulation? I think they should focus on safe driving and leave this alone.


  3. rjjrdq Says:

    Unfortunately, if your first aid attempts go awry somehow, you can be sued. Not sure I want a drunk teenager shaky from an accident performing first aid on me anyway. This law would not give me that choice.


  4. KingShamus Says:

    Over-arching government has reached ridiculous proportions.

    Ohio can’t be this dumb…can it?


  5. William Stout Says:

    I have worked in EMS since 1990 and I still retain my EMT cert having left the field some years ago. I have heard similar proposals before and I believe them to be flawed. The will of the individual is required in order to render aid. With AIDS, hepatitis, and other unpleasant communicable diseases in today’s society most people are reluctant to perform CPR or treat bleeding. Can you demand that teens obtain the necessary training for CPR and basic first aid? Of course you can, but there is no guarantee that training will equate to action.

    I say focus on safe driving and leave the rest to the will of the individual.


  6. Angel Says:

    oish lawyers~1 Have a beautiful weekend~!:)


  7. Conservatives on Fire Says:

    There is a government solution to every problem. Don’t you know that yet? I hope Ohio has a strong “Good Samaritan Law”. If not, there could be some gigantic law suits.


    • bunkerville Says:

      When I saw the vid at the link, it was amazing how everyone talked about it..so simple a solution. You are right.. gov at its best. Lawsuits no doubt. The lawyers will find a way.


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