Recent statistics show the most drivers who are caught speeding or involved in automobile accidents are under the age eighteen. This is because the drivers have no responsibility and cannot handle the task of driving a car. By raising the driving age to eighteen, it would give these teens more time to mature before getting behind the wheel. For the safety of our teens we need to raise the unrestricted legal driving age to eighteen years
People constantly state the fact that teens act immature and reckless. Anne Fleming, a spokeswoman, thinks that two key things that play into car crashes are the lack of maturity and experience (Morelli and Johnson). People claim that these are the reasons teen crash statistics have skyrocketed. However, they don’t mention the fact that parents can put restrictions on their teens who are driving. Some restrictions include having no passengers, a curfew, and no cellphones.
Our lives are unbelievably valuable so we should do everything rational to avoid deaths. Nowadays, teenagers are specifically dangerous due to their recklessness and they are the ones that are more likely to commit car accidents. Delaying when they get their driver’s license, the roads will be more secure. If the age of driving is increased, the amount of car crashes will decrease. For instance, teens think that they’re fearless, which is why they take silly risks unlike mature drivers.
Did you know 16-year-olds have higher crash rates than drivers of any other age? 56% of teens said they talk on the phone while driving which causes most of the bad car accidents. I think that 16 is too young to drive. For one they are easily distracted with their electronics and Two teenagers are causing a lot of deaths because they are not cautious while they are driving. But some people might also say that 16 is the best age to drive because teens need their freedom.
This may mean that they would rush thing when trying to get their driving license. One other min reason could be because it would be breaking the adult rights in Britain if they weren’t allowed to get their driving license by the age of eighteen, this is because above this age they are responsible for all their actions. One of the ways that could happen so that it could limit the amount of deaths each year with out hanging the age limit for a driving license would be that they could, raise the difficulty of the driving tests, so that they can only pass once they are complete safe. It would also mean that the people passing their tests are completely capable for driving safely. One other solution could be that, once the person has passed their test they would have does a certain amount of miles by them self’s with out a passenger unless it’s a member of their family.
Legal driving age has been a constant argument as the major reason for death among teens is these accidents happening. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 1678 drivers in 2014 have been reported dead aged 16 to 20 years along with some new issues like texting while driving; other mobile usages along with distracted driving (Rogers, 2015). Driving age should remain at 16 as it will make teenagers more frustrated if they wait till the age of 18 and with experience they will get better. Rising driving age will not make much difference as it will only irritate the teenagers who are willing to acquire driving license. College going students doesn’t like to depend on public transport as changing buses and trains tire them out instead having own vehicle gives
Often, schools will not hire a bus driver if his driving record is not clean for safety reasons. Many bus drivers who find themselves facing a DWI conviction wonder whether they will also lose their regular driver’s license. In many cases, that is not likely to happen. Assuming the bus driver’s BAC was under 0.08 at the time of the arrest, he would most likely be able to keep his regular license. If his BAC was at 0.08 or over, penalties regarding a regular DWI are likely to be enforced – in which case, the driver may very well lose his regular license.
The U.S. needs to change something to lower this number. Raising the legal minimum driving age to 18 would help lower the number of accidents involving teens by cutting the amount of teenage drivers on the road in half. Obviously it would be objected by teens who want to drive as soon as they can, but in the long run it could save their lives. Teen drivers are by far the most dangerous on the road, and have the highest chance of getting into accidents. “The rate of crashes, fatal and nonfatal, per mile driven for 16-year-old drivers is almost 10 times the rate for drivers ages 30 to 59” (CBS/AP).
Most teenagers look forward to getting their license and permit to be able to get behind the wheel of a car and drive without parents. The problem with this is many teenagers take advantage of that privilege and become reckless drivers. The government has put laws in place which prevents teenagers from driving alone for the first year and keeps laws in place so teenagers can’t abuse there laws. Meanwhile, many adults still argue the safety on the road even with restrictions in place. These laws are here to keep everyone on the road safe not only the new drivers.
On June 15,2013, in Burleson Texas, Ethan Couch lost control, colliding with a group of people assisting another driver with his car in the ditch. Ethan Couch was intoxicated, driving on a restricted license, and was speeding in a residential area. Ethan was only 16 when this crash happened and it was because he was intoxicated. This story demonstrated that drinking under the legal age can take many innocent people’s lives away. In the United States you must be 21 to have a alcoholic drink, but each state is different if you are cought under age drinking.