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Rileyh101
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The Contender
macaztec
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Driving age should not change.

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macaztec
Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 8/1/2014 Category: Cars
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Rileyh101

Pro

Some states are raising their driving age to 17 and even possibly 21 which does not make me happy cus I am 14 and am so exited to get my license in 2 years. I mean congress does not need to lower the age but the age being raised all the way to 21. OMG do you know what your doing to us, I mean teens get summer jobs that happen to be miles away and your making us wait until were 21??? And then theres college and marriage age is 20
thats when couples can have children, and now your taking away there rights and they cant get jobs to support their families, they cant see loved ones that live in a different state, and I mean 21 is the drinking age so basically we'll have even MORE God damnn reckless drivers which is the least we want.
macaztec

Con

Receiving a drivers license is a privilege. It is not a right.

Frank J. Kane v. The State of New Jersey.
Donald S. Miller v. the California Department of Motor Vehicles

The Teenage Brain

There are some interesting facts about the brain of a teenager.

There is an almond shaped region of the brain called the amygdala. The amygdala is responsible for emotional responses. It is also responsible for aggressive reactions. This part of the brain develops early.

The prefrontal cortex is responsible for reasoning. This part of the brain is still developing in a teenager. In essense a teenager is overly emotional, but less likely to think before acting. If any voter wants an example of this...just read some of my opponent's statements in this debate and on this poll....http://www.debate.org....

My opponent should not worry or be offended by this as they can not help it.

This combination a more developed amygdala (emotions) and an underdeveloped PFC (reasoning) leads to some common traits from teens. Teens tend to act impulsively and engage in risky behavior. Teens are much less likely to consider the consequences of their actions or to change actions that are dangerous or inappropriate.

This is not the mind frame of someone that should be controlling an automobile. Why? Because of this mixture teens are more likely to underestimate dangerous situations or not recognize them at all. Teenagers are also more likely to speed and are less likely to wear their seat belts.

http://www.aacap.org...
http://science.howstuffworks.com...
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov...
http://www.psychologytoday.com...
http://www.cdc.gov...

Some Stats On Teenage Drivers in the US

Seven teens die every day due to automobile crashes. In fact, automobile accidents are the number one cause of death for teens. Teenagers have more accidents then any other age group. 1 in 5 of all 16 year old drivers will have a wreck their first year driving. Teens make up 10% of the total population, but 12% of total auto fatalities. Teenagers are three times more likely to have a fatal accident.

http://www.cdc.gov...
http://www.autos.com...
https://www.dosomething.org...

Teenage drivers pose a significant risk to both themselves and other drivers. Raising the minimum age for obtaining a license to drive gives them more time to practice their driving skills under supervision.
Debate Round No. 1
Rileyh101

Pro

Rileyh101 forfeited this round.
macaztec

Con

For this round I want to look quickly at the idea that if the driving age was raised then teens would not be able to get the needed driving experience.

Most states allow teens to get their permit at age 15. There are a few that have it at age 14. If the age were raised to 18 that would give teenage drivers 3-4 years to get the much need driving experience they need.

http://en.wikipedia.org...'s_license_in_the_United_States
Debate Round No. 2
Rileyh101

Pro

Rileyh101 forfeited this round.
macaztec

Con

I feel that I have shown that teenage drivers pose a significantly high threat when behind the wheel. This is not only due to inexperience, but is also due largely to brain development at that age. I do not suggest that teens not be able to drive at all. Teens should still receive a driving permit so they can get their needed experience.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by cheyennebodie 2 years ago
cheyennebodie
My grandson was caught doing 90 in a 55 mph zone. He is 18. My daughter took the vehicle away from him and made him find other ways to work. He said to me, " how long do I have to listen to her. " I said, " you do not have to now. Just get your own place and pay your own bills. That is not what he wanted to hear. But from many years of experience he will appreciate his mother more that he can ever imagine.For the present it seem tough, but in the long run discipline is a very healthy thing.
Posted by macaztec 2 years ago
macaztec
Sigh...saw that one coming.
Posted by macaztec 2 years ago
macaztec
You are not wrong. It is up to each state.
Posted by T_parkour 2 years ago
T_parkour
I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure it's not to job of congress to set the driving age, but it is the state governments' job.
Posted by schachdame 2 years ago
schachdame
I'd love to take that challenge, but I am occupied this weekend. I'd advice Pro anyway to lay low on poor language such as "goddamn" and unnecessary use of capitalising, because it will cost Pro conduct points in the seven point system.
Posted by schachdame 2 years ago
schachdame
Europeans wait patiently till they are 18 till they can drive on their own. Important should not be and will not be what teenagers think is fair for their desire to be independent and fast. A car is a vehicle that can kill you, your fellow friends and many innocent participants. And cars are getting faster and more complex. This is what matters first.
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro used no sources and forfeited, and Con brought up data and logical arguments to support his/her points. Con, I was impressed with your reasoning and respectful tone. Good job!