Sunday, June 18, 2017, was Father’s Day, and, like many other families, the Neibaurs spent it together. Mom Bobbi, father Eric and their children Eric, 15, and Lauren, 13, had been camping all weekend in Big Springs, Idaho.
At the end of their outdoor escape, they loaded up their vehicles and headed home to Pocatello, a 140-mile drive from Big Springs. And, while the parents piled into their car, 15-year-old Eric drove himself and his sister in a 1999 Chevy pickup truck.
It may seem out of the ordinary to have a 15-year-old behind the wheel, but it’s perfectly legal in Idaho. State law allows teens of this age to obtain a license after they take a driver’s education course and log 50 hours of supervised driving practice.