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  • Its not safe for the communities

    More than 5000 teens die every year from car accidents.
    They aren't mature enough
    less pollution
    less congestion
    teens get restless when waiting to drive so when they finally drive they can get reckless making it unsafe for other drivers and pedestrians. Overall the younger they are the more dangerous it is for the community

  • Teens should drive at the age of 21 because.

    I think that teen are not matured to drive at a young age. Especially when they are in school. Yes, kids can drive to school but they can also use it to go to other places that are not necessary such as party. It is very likely that the teens would drink alcohol at the party leading them to drink and drive and when they drink and drive they will have a car accident.

  • It should be experience that counts.

    Most teens are excited about driving but why rush into it if the legal driving age is raised than teens can be experienced when they first get their license. I get that when teens turn 16 that they are legally allowed to drive but they can keep their licenses but try practicing and get better at it then they can drive without the main causes of teen deaths car accidents. The causes of those accidents are from DISTRACTED DRIVING that is why I am saying yes because most teens are seen texting while driving or talking on the phone while driving , or any other form of distracted driving. So I think that the legal driving age should be raised to 21

  • Kids will want to party

    At the age of 17 kids are now prone to partying because they will have a car giving them freedom to go out to party. Also you need to consider that the legal drinking age is 18 and without a doubt they will be drinking at these parties. With an intoxicated 17 year old behind the wheel they are novice to driving so they will not have the experience to know what to do behind the wheel but on the other hand a 21 year old will be more experienced and more mature to know how to handle a vehicle while being intoxicated.

  • Should be raised to 21

    Kid are to young and reckless, not responsible enough to drive on state roads and go places. They are out late partying and having fun even if underage, drinking, and smoking. They then drive home when they should be taking a taxi instead. They should really consider this and save the young kids today

  • Driving age should be raised to 21

    As the previous comments said driving age SHOULD be raised to 21. If teens must go to work or school activities they can take the BUS, it is not expensive and it gets you where you need. There is also a metro if needed and there are also trains. We also must not forget the taxis there are

  • Its so obvious yes we should rise it

    Teenagers will not I repeat will not mature over time if the past and the present is any indication that they haven't learned from their mistakes then they will not mature. Teens are reckless a true fact and because of this the driving age should be raised so that at 21 they will be some what mature and hopefully smarter and less pig headed than they already are.

  • Kids are not responsible

    The driving age should be raised to 21. Most teengers are careless on the way they drive, and they don't pay attention to the road. If the driving age was raised, it could save lives. Also, teens do not handle situations very well especially if something gets them mad on the road

  • It saves lives

    I agree that it should be changed because it saves lives and when you turn 21 and over you are more responsible woth your life. I think that everyone should open their eyes and see this as an opportunity to save more teenagers from killing themselves thank you for listening.

  • 21 is certainly not a bad idea.

    Many accidents happen on the road and a lot of it now deals with young drivers who are distracted by cell phones or friends. Majority of 18 year olds aren't even capable of maturity, and thoughts that they still may have immature friends or distractions in the car could be a fatal mistake. Anyone over the years of 21 has far more brains and experience in a car. The minimum age for a drivers licence is 15, and at that age teenage parties are welcomed in your life.

  • Its the fact that there new at driving not that they are young

    No matter what age you allow people to be eligible to drive at they will be inexperienced and that is what causes accidents. It is true that a 21 year old would likely treat driving with more respect however at 16 year old new drivers would at least practice with their parents, something most 21 year old would likely no be able to do or simply not want to do. This practice is what gains experience for the new driver which is more important than how old the driver is. Not to mention that having to wait till your 21 would be frustrating and underaged drivers on the road would be far more common.

  • That is a bad idea

    Just because kids cause accidents doesn't mean other people don't either. They can make driving tests harder to ensure that they are good drivers. They also have technology where they can watch you while you drive. Kids need to get around. Kids become an adult at 18 years so you are taking away adults rights.

  • Why teens need licenses

    Teenagers have places to be people to see. There is no time to ask people for a ride. For instance many teens have jobs and need transportation to get to that job your mom or your friend won't always be avaliable. Thats one of the many reasons why teens need to be able to get licences

  • Definitely Not - Driving Age Not Raised

    Apparently it should not be raised by researchers and me. I mean, everybody is going to have little to no experience when they start driving. That is just part of life. Do not raise the driving age just because it will make you fell good, I mean, do something else.

  • Driving age should not be 21

    When teens turn 16, they have a ton of things to go to like a job, school, or a party (teens need to have fun!). If they have to rely on their parents to get to these placed, then their parents will probably just tell them they can't do it because they don't want to, or can't, drive them there.

  • NO, it's shouldn't happen

    Teenagers will get more mature and responsible this way and they will have more experience now that they have started driving, also most teen s have jobs which they have to go to and not having license to drive would become nuisance to them. Another point is that teenagers are young and have their whole life ahead of them, let them have a little fun without having to disturb their parents or relatives, they should be able to meet up with their friends and drive there.

  • The driving age should not be raised to 21

    Because parents then would not be bothered from work to go pick up there children from work, college, university etc. and the people will be responsible for themselves coming from work or any thing else. So that is why I think that is why the driving age should not be raised to 21.

  • 16-20 Year Olds Have To Get Around Too

    I believe raising the legal driving age to 21 is an absurd idea. Teenagers can get jobs as early as 15 1/2 years of age. At 18, a person is old enough to buy cigarettes. At 18, a person is old enough to move out on their own. At 18, you can enlist in the military. It doesn't make much sense to restrict driving to those 21 and over.

  • Keep the legal driving age at 16

    I don't think that there's a need to change the driving age to 21. I've become concerned about this need among some people to want to treat young adults like babies for as long as possible. No, you need to get over that. When someone turns 16, it's good for them to get their license then so that by the time they're 21 they're not that much of a menace on the road.

  • It's neither fair nor practical

    No, at the age of sixteen many teens are working part-time jobs and have numerous school and social activities. At twenty many of these people are at college or working a full time jobs. It simply isn't practical; they need to be able to drive. Some teens may not be mature enough to drive at sixteen, but parents can, and should, make decisions for children who have not displayed a level of maturity that justifies a measure of freedom. It doesn't hurt to be an example, whether you are a parent or a teenage driver.

    We were allowed to drive when we turned sixteen, it was an important rite of passage. Sixteen year olds are inexperienced but this is unavoidable. Many have proven that they can operate vehicles in a safe manner. I believe it is both unfair and impractical to institute a more restrictive standard. Lives are at stake but parents and adults should concentrate their efforts training and guidance.


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Quan says2013-06-03T19:31:41.660
I'm actually not convinced a hardwired age restriction is all that useful here. I believe anyone of any age who can demonstrate competent driving skills should be able to drive.
SorryNotSorry says2013-06-05T13:33:05.160
I also agree with you Quan
imthedebate says2013-07-08T21:27:36.030
Me too
Anonymous says2013-08-06T17:48:45.280
In South Africa the age is 18, but many of them cause accidents because they think they are so mature so they drink then drive and cause accidents. The truth is that that are not full matured until 21. Also, I say no, because people at the age of 19-21 need to go places when they study they need to get from place to place. So I have a 2 sided opinion.
ryanthemando says2015-03-11T13:57:46.393
Yes that is true quan i agree
its_mebrea says2016-02-11T19:09:38.730
Driving at 16 is not an early age to drive because some teens start learning when they are 14 or younger. In some states it is legal to drive at the age 15 or younger. Everywhere in the world lawmakers are trying to the driving age to 18. In Europe the driving age is 18 so they are trying to raise it up to 21. There is driving school were students could attend to and they can learn how to drive and have better skills at driving. That could help to prevent many accidents from occurring. When the teen is going to drive they should only drive for good reasons and now just to drive to ride with friends or just go ridding around by themselves. They should use it for jobs, school or for an emergency.

Teens need to drive as much as anyone else to get to school and work or sports, band practice. Some of them can become responsible and caring for what they do and have. They sometimes need a car to get o school or get to a place they really need to be. Teens should be able to drive because its not always teens that cause accidents. There are some adults that causes them because they are drunk or high or they are just not paying attention to the road and where they are going.Teens are influenced by their parents and they do what they see their parents do.

It is true that the risk of crashing is higher for the 16-21 age group the any other. This is the main reason a lot of people way to have the driving age raised. They think that when these teens are a little older their risk crashing will decrease. And that will make the roads safer for all. If the driving age is raised the only thing that will change is the age group of the drivers. A good idea would be to increase the amount of time a teen needs a permit for in order to get more experience before actually getting drivers license.

At first look it seems like a really good idea to have the age raised to 21 but it is not as it seems. About forty percent of american teen deaths are from crashes making them a major concern for parents and teens alike. Raising the driving age wont fix this and could actually probably make things worse by giving teens more freedom at once because at 21 it is legal to drink so more teens will be drinking and driving/

My opinion would be thatt you can drive at the age 16 and older. Before starting to drive the teen should get their license then they should think to their self for a long period of time and ask themselves if they are ready and if they are going to responsible. I've seen teens that drive at the age 13 or 14 years old for their parents because their parents are drunk or high. I think that the parent should not drink and care more about their kids because they don't want their kids following theirs footsteps and end up getting killed. And the very last thing the kid needs to see is that their parents are okay with it. This is my opinion on should the driving age be raised to 21.
its_mebrea says2016-02-11T19:09:55.140
Driving at 16 is not an early age to drive because some teens start learning when they are 14 or younger. In some states it is legal to drive at the age 15 or younger. Everywhere in the world lawmakers are trying to the driving age to 18. In Europe the driving age is 18 so they are trying to raise it up to 21. There is driving school were students could attend to and they can learn how to drive and have better skills at driving. That could help to prevent many accidents from occurring. When the teen is going to drive they should only drive for good reasons and now just to drive to ride with friends or just go ridding around by themselves. They should use it for jobs, school or for an emergency.

Teens need to drive as much as anyone else to get to school and work or sports, band practice. Some of them can become responsible and caring for what they do and have. They sometimes need a car to get o school or get to a place they really need to be. Teens should be able to drive because its not always teens that cause accidents. There are some adults that causes them because they are drunk or high or they are just not paying attention to the road and where they are going.Teens are influenced by their parents and they do what they see their parents do.

It is true that the risk of crashing is higher for the 16-21 age group the any other. This is the main reason a lot of people way to have the driving age raised. They think that when these teens are a little older their risk crashing will decrease. And that will make the roads safer for all. If the driving age is raised the only thing that will change is the age group of the drivers. A good idea would be to increase the amount of time a teen needs a permit for in order to get more experience before actually getting drivers license.

At first look it seems like a really good idea to have the age raised to 21 but it is not as it seems. About forty percent of american teen deaths are from crashes making them a major concern for parents and teens alike. Raising the driving age wont fix this and could actually probably make things worse by giving teens more freedom at once because at 21 it is legal to drink so more teens will be drinking and driving/

My opinion would be thatt you can drive at the age 16 and older. Before starting to drive the teen should get their license then they should think to their self for a long period of time and ask themselves if they are ready and if they are going to responsible. I've seen teens that drive at the age 13 or 14 years old for their parents because their parents are drunk or high. I think that the parent should not drink and care more about their kids because they don't want their kids following theirs footsteps and end up getting killed. And the very last thing the kid needs to see is that their parents are okay with it. This is my opinion on should the driving age be raised to 21.