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Should the legal driving age be raised to 18 or 21?

  • Responsibilities and help

    We should keep the age at 16. What about jobs and girlfriends/boyfriends. Your parents cant transport you everywhere! It is taking away the teens rights basically. If someone at the age of 16 can drive a car and drive it well, then there is no point in bumping up the age. Just keep it like it is. Everything has for he most part been well. There is no point in making the age higher. But that is my opinion.

  • I dont think you should let teens under the age of 18 drive. Its not safe

    People dont understand how dangurous driving can really be. Have you seen what can happen, my brother was killed by a drunk 16 year old driving, why do we what people like that on the road i mean really, we are putting our children and ourselves at risk, why would we do that....

  • It should be raised

    I think the legal driving age should be raised to 21 because many teenagers don't drive safely. They only like being able to drive because they want to show off. Since they want to show off they don't pay attention to the road. I ono this because i have seen it a bunch of times.

  • No it should not be raised.

    Eventually children must learn to be adults, and by keeping the driving age at 18 you are giving them a chance to show themselves and prove themselves as adults. If you raise the age to 21 you will have a lot more people caught under age driving and more accidents occurring after the person is 25.

  • It should be raised to 21.

    Today the legal driving age in the United States is sixteen. There have been many controversies and debates of whether or not the legal driving age should be raised to twenty one. Some Americans believe that the driving age in the United States should not be raised to twenty-one because many teenagers want to have the privilege to drive at any early age. However, others believe that the driving age should be raised to twenty-one. The legal driving age in the United States should be raised to twenty-one because most traffic accidents are caused by teenagers and many young drivers are risk takers.
    Most traffic accidents in the United States are caused by teenagers. The traffic accident rates for sixteen to nineteen year old drivers are higher than those for any other age group. According to dmv.Ca.Gov, the total amount of teenagers that caused car accidents in the United States of 2008 were about two thousand five hundred. Motor vehicle crashes are the main cause of death among teenagers. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, about three thousand teenagers’ ages thirteen to nineteen died in motor vehicle crashes. These statistics show that the amount of teenage deaths that were caused from car accidents has increased drastically each year.
    Many young teenage drivers are huge risk takers. Some teenagers are not mature enough to distinguish what is right or wrong to do. For example, some American teenagers would drink and drive. Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs is a common cause of serious crashes. Also, some teenage deaths are caused by teens that don’t wear seatbelts when they drive. According to cdc.Gov, in 2010, fifty six percent of drivers are teenagers that were killed in car accidents after drinking and not wearing a seatbelt. This proves that some teenagers take risks that can give them injuries or even death when driving.

  • Long-term benefits outweigh short-term costs

    If we raise the driving age it will stimulate public demand for public transportation, probably enough so the federal government builds a national train system. Then people will not even need cars in order to get to their job or get around. People could still have cars once they are 21. And then we can lower the purchase age of alcohol to 18(and allow parents to serve their kids alcohol as long as it isn't in excess) and people can drink for 3 years before being allowed behind the wheel and then they'll know why you don't drink and drive. A drinking age of 21 doesn't prevent people from drunk driving because young people drinking has become a right of passage. And then at 21 you go crazy with it. Much better if they get that out of their system before they start driving.

    The environment would benefit from less smog from cars. In time people would find that to get to most places public transit is actually a lot better. If we beautify our cities during this period this number of people will be even greater and we'll see even less traffic.

  • I think they should raise the age to 18 at least.

    Sometimes teens don't realize that driving takes responsibility. They think that when they start driving they are old enough to do whatever they want to and thats how they go to parties and start drinking and don't realize they have to drive back home. I think its a good idea to wait a little longer so that they can get more practice in driving.

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  • I think that the driving age should be raised to twenty one because there would be less accidents.

    Think about it. Its a scary thought when people put other peoples lives at risk because of there bad choices. Some examples of bad choices would be drunk driving, texting while driving and not following the speed limit. The driving age should be raised to twenty one because there probably will be less accidents and more mature aged people driving. The driving age should have been changed a long time ago considering there has been a lot of accidents in the past and the present. Other transportation that they could use is the bus, sea train, and taxi because those three examples are all cheap and get you to where you need to be. The driving age should be raised to twenty one because you need insurance just in case of an accident, it's easier to insure adults then it is to insure teens/young adults.

  • Because if we do there won't be many kids late or tired at school

    You need this because the kids sneak out and go to party's and they do not get back till late and then they won't want to wake up. So then they won't get much sleep and then at school they will be falling asleep during school. So that is why I think it should before ages 21 not 18 or 17 or 16

  • I don't think it should.

    I don't think that the legal driving age should be raised above 16. I have a few reasons for thinking that. One reason is that a 16 year old can have a job, which takes responsibility, just like driving does. If they have jobs, then they probably need to drive so they can get to and from work. Their parents may need them to do things for them, too. There are many reasons why I think it is a good age right now like it is.

  • What good is it?

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  • A Driver's ED instructor's experience

    I was a driver's ed instructor for a while and my best student was also my youngest student. That person learned how to drive in South Carolina at the age of 14. Because he got an earlier start, the good driving habits were better ingrained into him and he was an safer driver on the whole.

  • It should be 16

    There is no reason why 16 year old should not be matchure to drive this could cost many jobs because they can become immotivated to find work because its harder to get there this can cause a major decline in the amount of jobs we have here in the united states and besides who wants to wait till your 18 to drive

  • It should be 16

    There is no reason why 16 year old should not be matchure to drive this could cost many jobs because they can become immotivated to find work because its harder to get there this can cause a major decline in the amount of jobs we have here in the united states and besides who wants to wait till your 18 to drive

  • The legal driving age is fine!

    There are many good arguments that say that the driving age should be raised but there are also a lot of reasons that the age should not be raised. Since there are already under aged drivers being caught, if the age is raised then there will be more under aged drivers being caught driving more in the cities than anywhere else.

  • It won't do any help to raise it.

    If you really think about it, if you raise the age to 18 or 21, it won't really help the case because even then the new drivers won't have any experience. If someone is 16 and the roads aren't familiar to them, they'll get in crashes just as often as someone who is 18 or 21 and the roads aren't familiar to them. Inexperience is inexperience, all changing the age of driving is doing is just changing the age of drivers who cause the most crashes. So really, the age of 16 should stay the same.

  • I think not

    The legal driving age has been a constant debate and every few years another log is thrown onto the fire. Should we really raise the legal age to drive? Would it save lives? If so, how high should we raise it? Currently, most states allow for teen drivers to apply for a drivers permit 6 months after their 15th birthday. Some say this is way too soon.

  • I dont think so

    Kids need to drive to college and high school.They cant rely on there parents to take them everywhere. Parents have places where they need to be and dont want to do extra work. This is why i dont think the driving age should be raised to 21 or 18. Bam!!!!!!!

  • Lets not raise the driving age

    Yes, lets not only give someone their license, but also say "hey! Did you know you can drink alcohol too?" young drivers are inexperienced, and dumb. They don't know how the road works yet and are obviously going to get into more accidents than somebody whose been driving for 7 years already. It doesn't matter if the age is 16 or 21, inexperience kills, not age.


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