True. Boys do like to fly. Not that it justifies it, but at least that's a solid reason for getting into an accident, whereas " I thought I was in first, not reverse" is just silly. I agree too, it is the parents fault for getting her a stick for her first car, brand new at that. Think they learned their lesson? Doubtful. Off topic, but it amazes me what parents do not take responsiblity for. Watching the news tonight, two kids playing with chemicals to make a small bomb after watching it done on youtube, now they can't open their eyes and they have chemical burns all over themselves. Not once during the story did they mention where the parents were, or why didn't the parents know what they were watching on that website.
I agree with your parenting, more parents need to follow through like that. My co-workers are amazed that I track all of my 13 year old daughters online usage with a ghost program and read her emails, they say they couldn't do that. I say I couldn't not do that.
PS. I also think that no one, child or adult, should be able to get a motorcycle license unless they have had at least 3 years in an automobile, and a safety course. But that's another can of worms.