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Mother Wants Tougher Driving Laws

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EUGENE, Ore. — Five years ago Monday, a Eugene mother lost her son. On the fifth anniversary of his death, she’s protesting the way he died.

On August 27, 2007, a 16-year-old driver struck and killed 9-year-old Vaclav Hajek as he was pushing his bike across Bailey Hill Road. The boy’s mother Marina Hajek says the driver that killed her son was going over 60 miles per hour.

Now with sign in hand, Hajek protested outside of the DMV office in west Eugene. She’s fighting for stricter driving laws.

“This is a very difficult fight to ask to increase the driving age. I want tougher rules too. If they break a traffic law they should have that provisional driver’s license increased,” Hajek said.

Hajek is launching a campaign. She’d like to see the legal driving age be 17 years old and have 16-year-olds only get a provisional driver’s license.

Hajek plans to be at the DMV protesting every Monday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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