The driving age should be increased to 18 years of age.
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To get on point, I understand that it is a coming of age ceremony in a way, but many teens are very irresponsible. I will state that in a trusty online article, the author gave some scary statistics:
"Teen Drivers, Cell Phones, and Texting
32.8% of high school students nationwide have texted or e-mailed while driving.
12% of distracted drivers involved in fatal car accidents were teens ages 15 to 19.
Talking on a cell phone can double the likelihood of an accident and can slow a young driver's reaction time to that of a 70-year-old.
Drivers under the age of 20 make up the largest percentage of distracted drivers.
56% of teens admit to talking on cell phones while driving.
13% of teens admit to texting while driving.
34% of teens age 16 and 17 admit that they send and respond to text messages while driving.
48% of kids ages 12 to 17 report being in a car when the driver was texting.
Underage Drinking & Driving Statistics
About 1/4 of fatal teen car accidents involve underage drinking and driving. (MADD)
About 5.8% of 16- and 17-year-olds and 15.1% of 18- to 20-year-olds reported driving under the influence of alcohol in the past year. (MADD)
About 8.2% of high school students reported driving a car or other vehicle one or more times when they had been drinking alcohol.
13.5% of 12th graders reported driving after drinking.
Kids who start drinking young are 7x more likely to be in an alcohol-related crash. (MADD)"
These stats are not only scary in a way, they very clearly state that High schoolers can't be mature enough to operate a motor vehicle without risking the LIVES of others. Safety is of my concern, and I get mad at all the stupid drivers on the road these days. Most of them are younger. I believe the driving age should be 20, but it would be dumb to not allow adults to drive, so 18 should be the minimum. I also think that if the law enforcement officers where given a device that can detect when a text is sent in a nearby vehicle (by analyzing telephone signals) than these idiots on their phones could be brought to justice.
I always put safety first over "coming of age" because if the students are not mature enough to have a licence, than they simply shouldn't. If this coming of age thing KILLS young people who could have good potential or even just the fact that it causes so many fatal accidents, than why have it. If you don't agree, than 'go be a chump, and vote for Trump!'
It is not like the government hasn't considered your argument. That's why we have licenses. You see, you cannot get a license without passing the driving test. Just like you aren't guaranteed to graduate, you are not guaranteed to get a driver's license. Pushing the age back to eighteen will not have a negative change on any of those stats you shared. People are not stupid or reckless drivers because they are seventeen. They are stupid and reckless drivers because they are bad drivers. People are not good people because they are thirty-five. They are good people because that is who they choose to be.
Besides that, strict laws for driving licenses are not yet in place, or are not being enforced properly. The result is that when cops see a 16 year old driving, they expect them to have a license. They cause a very large amount of car accidents every year. 18 year olds are usually more mature, but there will always be those people who are just never qualified to drive. This is why licenses shouldn't be handed out so freely to younger people.
We have two options: we can create tighter control on teenager licensing, or we can increase the license minimum to 18 years of age. The first option would be costly, in time especially. A lot of people would already have their license and they would all need to be retested for it. The second option will stop some of the fatal car accidents, because we can stop people from allowing immature adolescents from operating cars. The second solution will be easier, because we could simply remove licenses from 16 year olds, but this could cause lots of younger people complications, so removing the existing licenses may not be possible.
All I am trying to say, is the problem has to be solved, or it would continue to cause several problems. And no more of this dumb "messing with crap", because it makes it seem like you aren't taking this seriously (Which is kind of obvious...).
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