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AAA: fatal teen driver crashes peak in summer

Every summer, teens increase their presence on the roads in Oklahoma, putting themselves and others at a higher risk for accidents. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says that the 100 days between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest for teen drivers, raising their risk for a fatal crash by 15% on average. Through lack of experience and poor choices, teens themselves may be largely responsible for this trend.

Parents, for their part, should be clear with their teens about what constitutes safe driving. It means not only avoiding impaired driving but also avoiding drowsy or distracted driving. Above all, parents should emphasize the danger of calling and texting behind the wheel, and they should also mention how passengers can take drivers' attention from the road. Teens are advised to limit the number of passengers.

Stay-at-home parents must plan carefully in a divorce

When you and your husband decided to have children, a decision had to be made about how they would be cared for. Some parents choose to use a nanny or daycare. Others decide that one parent will remain at home to raise the kids. If it was decided that you'd be a stay-at-home mom, you might be in for a shock if you end up having to go through a divorce.

Some women falsely believe that they will automatically qualify for alimony. The fact is that even if a woman does, she may only get a small amount for a short period. This is only meant to bridge the gap between the divorce and her being able to support herself. In almost all cases, the divorce means that being a stay-at-home parent is a thing of the past.

Study links heavy student loan debt to divorce

Married couples in Oklahoma and around the country often choose to divorce after running into problems with money. The results of a survey of divorced spouses conducted by the financial information and advice website Student Loan Hero suggest that educational debt is especially toxic to marital bliss. One in three of the divorced spouses polled said that arguments over money had prompted them to end their marriages, and one in eight of them said that student loans were the cause of these arguments.

The problem is expected to become more serious in the years ahead as the costs of obtaining a college degree continue to rise. During the last 10 years, the amount graduating student students owe to lenders has grown by 62%, and the number of graduates with student loan debt of $50,000 or more has tripled. Students who graduated in 2017 entered the workforce with an average of about $34,000 in educational debt.

Income inequality could signal a divorce

In American society, husbands are still expected to provide for their families financially. Therefore, when a wife makes more than her husband, it could jeopardize the success of a marriage. This may be true for married couples in Oklahoma and throughout the United States. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule such as when husbands work as freelancers and their wives have jobs that provide the family with health insurance.

It is also possible that a couple stays together when a woman is the breadwinner because they can't afford to live in separate locations. Since about 1975, there have been changing attitudes as to what a woman's role is in a relationship. However, a Pew study found that 75 percent of respondents said that more women in the workplace has made it harder for parents to raise their kids.

Study: drivers use phones even though they know it's wrong

Most Oklahoma motorists who drive while distracted know that the practice is hazardous. This trend can be seen nationwide, according to the second yearly distracted driving study from Root Insurance. Nearly half of respondents called distracted driving their top concern on the road, and 99% pointed to phones as among the top three distractions. Nevertheless, respondents said they use their cellphones for an average of 13 minutes each day while on the road.

In addition, 38% said they will not bother to stop using their cellphones when they spot police. An overwhelming majority were critical of other drivers who use their phones behind the wheel. For instance, 89% said they would give a poor rating to an Uber/Lyft driver who texts and drives, and 39% claimed they have done so.

Yes, a DUI can affect child custody cases

It's never a good situation when you're facing a DUI, and it's particularly bad when you could have your custody case affected by it. If you're going through a divorce and get a DUI, it could show a judge that you don't make good decisions. It could put your ability to parent in question, too.

There is no question that a DUI can hurt your child custody case. It can lead to questions about whether or not you're abusing alcohol, and it can lead to concerns that you pose a threat to your children.

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