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Against Increasing The Minimum Driving Age

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Kristy Andrews

on 2 February 2011

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Against Increasing The Minimum Driving Age Sixteen , it’s the age that every kid dreams of being for one simple reason. That is when they can get their drivers licence, but that dream is crashing down because the driving age might go up to 18! It is vital for the driving age to be sixteen because many teens need their own transportation, not everyone should face consequences because of a few careless teen drivers, and plus, the young drivers can get more experience!
Many teens have jobs, social lifes, and extracurricular activities after school. Parents and public transportation are not always available. According to www.Pantagraph.com,"Teens are involved in sports, and other extra curricular activities after school, activities that don't often mesh with the hours of working parents, So they need independent transportation." According to White, a Santa Fe Senior,"Driving taught him much more responsibility, and he says that if he wasn`t allowed to drive, that would prevent him from being able to work.`` According to the CQ Researchers,"The most powerful influence on teenagers` relationships with cars has been American pop culture, which has always viewed cars as more than merely a means of transportation.`` Why do we have to punish all the 16-17 year old drivers' over other drivers' bad behavior and mistakes they make? Why do we have to put all the blaim and take away the dreams of all teen drivers' even though they follow all the rules and don't cause problems.

All new drivers cause some sort of problem and have accidents because they aren't yet as familiar with driving.There are still many safe and secure teen drivers out there even today. Instead of raising the driving age and punishing all the teen drivers over what others have done, we can take other steps to solve such road problems.

According to Madison Wilkinson, who is a senior in Santa Fe High School, " she states her own experience to such issue,Wilkinson claims that she would not ride with some friends because of their behavior behind the wheel, one of her friends was texting when she was involved in an accident. Now, the friend drives slower. As teen drivers make their mistakes they began to learn from them and try hard to not make that same mistake again.
According to www.Pantagraph.com,"Increasing training hours would be more effective than increasing the minimum age.``

A lot of people are saying that the driving age of 16 is to young. I would have to disagree. I think this isn’t right because it isn’t about age, but about experience. Researchers say that teenagers 16-17 years old have the most car accidents. If the driving age was changed to 18 then teenagers 18-19 years old would have the most car accidents. Remember that they are taking the same test. This should have them equally prepared and making equal decision on the road. Also, the age that a humans brain becomes fully mature to make good decisions is the age of 25. Raising the age to 18 won’t do anything, and raising it to 25 is just way to high. It also helps them experience what their parents go through everyday. According to “http://www.pantagraph.com/news/opinion/editorial/article_42a3dbfb-4e86-5fa2-8655-44f08aadd2” it doesn’t have anything to do with age.

According to Santa Fe High School senior Madison Wilkinson, "based on statistics, 16 is a good age to drive because it is the age where teens begin to mature and be more responsible, Wilkinson says it is not just teens who are destructive on city streets and highways, that adults are as well." It mainly ranks down to immaturity.




Landon White, 17, a Santa Fe junior, said an 18-year-old would be just as reckless as a 16-year-old.

“There’s a little more maturity, but overall it comes down to experience,” White said. “Regardless of age, they just need time practicing.”
According to CQ Researchers by using statistics have found out that,"All teen drivers between the ages 16-19 have the highest fatal and non-fatal car crash rates in the country.`` According to this graph,statistics show that the most motor vehicle death rates occur at the age of 18. This graph shows the death rates between the ages 14-25. This graph just showed us that the age has nothing to do with the problems that do occur. To end this discussion, we understand why the driving age shouldn't change to be 18 years old because some teens have to go to work, they can get more experience, and not all 16 year old teens should be punished by not driving because some teens made mistakes. I mean we all make mistakes in our life and we learn, and some of those mistakes are behind the wheel but not always by a 16 year old. All 16 teen year old should be able to get their freedom of driving at the age of 16, but yet we still have to pass our driving test to get our licenses so that proves that we are eligible to drive at the age 16.
To end this discussion, we understand why the driving age shouldn't change to be 18 years old because some teens have to go to work, they can get more experience, and not all 16 year old teens should be punished by not driving because some teens made mistakes. I mean we all make mistakes in our life and we learn, and some of those mistakes are behind the wheel but not always by a 16 year old. All 16 teen year old should be able to get their freedom of driving at the age of 16, but yet we still have to pass our driving test to get our licenses so that proves that we are eligible to drive at the age 16.
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