Ok, so this is something that has be nagging at me for a very long time.
My sister is 16 years old, and got her driver’s license a couple months ago. Apparently is it against the law for someone to drive around minors without an adult present until they have had their license for one year. Despite that, she has been driving me most everywhere (I am 15 years old).
She does have a permit to drive me to and from school and school activities, but not technically anywhere else. Her and my parent’s argument is that the law is mainly just to prevent people from making a 17 year old the “designated driver” late at night, not to keep someone from driving her sister to the supermarket. Also, the law is not really enforced at all. Cops are not allowed to pull you over for having a minor in the car; they can only pull you over for something such as speeding, and then if you do have a minor in the car you are double-busted. However, from what I hear, many cops will not even trouble you for having a minor even if you are pulled over for something else, which leads one to believe it is not a very important law.
It’s difficult for me to get a ride anywhere if she does not drive me, because my mom hates to drive and my sister wants more driving practice. She even drives me to church sometimes, which I think is kind of twisted. Thankfully though, nowadays I most always ride my bike to church. But truly anywhere else they expect her to drive me.
Is this mortal sin? It’s a tough spot, because there are some situations, and then there are others. For instance, let’s say my bike got stolen, and there was no other way for me to get to mass unless she drove me. Would it be sinful then? or a lighter situation, like if I promised my friend I would come over, and then the day of my sister said she would drive me. What do I do in these circumstances?