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May 13, 2010

SHOULD TEEN DRIVING AGE BE INCREASED?

Filed under: Uncategorized, auto accidents — Tags: , , — admin @ 10:21 pm

Should the minimum teen driving age be increased across the country? This is a question that has plagued many of us for several years now. I am a parent and I am becoming more and more concerned with this question as my children become older. The driver’s age in many states for obtaining a driver’s license is 16 years old. This of course varies from state to state. Each state has its own set of laws that governs the age requirements for a driver’s license. Some states have certain restrictions for the driver’s once a license has been granted and an unrestricted license can only be granted once the driver reaches a certain age or number of hours driven, etc.

Countless accidents occur year after year due to the result of inexperienced, immature drivers on the road. To drive a motor vehicle a certain level of maturity and responsiveness is needed. Furthermore, a certain level of mental capacity is needed to help anticipate the outcome of a driving decision. At what age do we consider an individual to be mature enough to put their own lives in their hands or even that of others?

Let’s work to make our roads safer and reduce the number of traffic accidents and personal injury cases by revisiting these minimum driving ages. What can we do to protect our children on our roads? This is a serious issue that now plagues our society. Countless deaths occur each year that could be reduced if we were to revisit the driving age requirement.

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