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Driving Age

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Trevor White

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Driving Age Should the driving age be raised to 18? Yes? NO? Alarmed by car accidents involving teenagers, a number of states are considering raising the age for getting a drivers license. Issue By raising the age it does not guarantee that accidents will decrease. They might just be delayed by one year.
Raising the Age
(Pros) The number of serious or fatal road accidends will be reduced. Facts Going along with Changing the Age There are more teen fatalities on the road each year than the amount of deaths reported from 9/11, The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported 3,657 drivers aged 15 to 20 years killed in 2003. In 2002, the number killed in the same age range was 3,827. Young people tend to have a "racer boy" attitude when driving and this would limit that. Against Raising the Age
(Cons) There would be less of a chance that teenagers would wreck because of several factors: speeding, inexperience, and peer pressure Teen Driving Statistics Fewer 16-year-olds are driving. In 2006 only 30 percent of 16-year-olds had their driver's licenses compared to 40% in 1998 according to the Federal Highway Administration.

16-year-olds have a higher crash rate than any other drivers of any age. Motor vehicle crashs are the leading cause of death for teenagers A recent report by AAA estimates the cost of crashes involving 15-17 year olds to be $34 billion. Background Safety and financial problems will get better.
Deaths aren't from reckless driving alone, but also the drivers are inexperienced Having a license builds responsibility Teens need to be able to get to their job and school. Driver registration was introduced in 1903 with the Motor Car Act. Until 1973 driving licences were issued by local authorities and had to be renewed every three months. Your going to be a bad driver when you start out anyway. Nearly 10,000 teens a year were dying on U.S. highways in the 1970's 16 year olds are three times more likely to be inbolbed in a crash than a 19 year olds. In July 1913, the state of New Jersey became the first to require all drivers to pass a mandatory examination before receiving a license. Recent Articles Time to bring sanity to the driving age law
0 Comments | Press, The; Christchurch, New Zealand, Feb 16, 2010 | by PRESTON Pat
PAT PRESTON says it is time for all political parties to agree to raise the legal driving age.

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Insane! That's the word you hear when you tell people overseas that in New Zealand we allow 15-year-olds to drive cars.

It is insane, an insanity for which we, or rather they, pay a terrible price.

Our road-safety record is one of the worst in the developed world.

The death rate on our roads is 100 per cent higher than the British rate, about 35 per cent higher than the Australian. In a table showing road-accident rates for 10 Western countries, our Government Yearbook puts New Zealand in second-highest place. Only in the United States is slaughter on the roads bloodier than it is here.

Within these grim overall figures are grimmer details. When we allow our 15-year-olds to get behind the wheel of a car we turn them into inverted James Bonds, licensed to be killed.

And killed they are, in horrifying numbers. In 2006, 13 of the people killed on New Zealand roads were in their late 50s. Six times that number were in their late teens.

In the same year the number of people aged 15-24 killed on New Zealand roads was one- sixth the number killed on British roads. Our population is one-fifteenth that of Britain. Pro rata we lost more than twice as many young people as Britain lost.

In Britain you don't get a driving licence until you're 18.

Its not only in road accidents that New Zealand is a world leader.

We are tops at fatal accidents of every kind. We no longer hold the Webb Ellis Trophy: our standard of living isn't among the world's highest any more. But there's nobody to touch us when it comes to reversing our cars over our children in our driveways, shooting our mates when hunting in the bush, or drowning ourselves
Revent News from WCCO

Good Question: Is 16 Too Young To Drive?
Ten dead. Three crashes. Three 16-year-old drivers. The weekend of carnage on the roads has some asking whether 16-year-olds are old enough to drive.

"Age 16 is too young," said Dr. Ken Winters, a psychologist at the University of Minnesota who has conducted research on teenage decision-making.

"Especially for the kind of driving that too many teens are engaged in during modern times," he explained. "A lot of night time driving; cars are fast; interstate highways the norm, etc."

The question comes down to whether we become better drivers with experience or with age.

"I would suggest it's the level of experience that a driver has more than the actual age," said Gordy Pehrson, Traffic Safety Coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

In Minnesota, a graduated drivers license program has been trying to attack the problem of the high crash and fatality rate for 16-year-olds. The youngest drivers don't drive the volume of miles as older drivers, and there aren't as many 16-year-olds on the road as there are some categories of older drivers.

In Minnesota, there are slightly more than 29,000 licensed 16-year-olds, down from 34,500 in 2005, according to the Department of Public Safety. According to Pehrson, the drop is due to population changes, and a graduated license law that forces teenagers to have six months with a permit prior to getting a license.

National data from the Insurance Institute on Highway Safety suggests 16-year-olds are four times more likely to be involved in fatal car crashes than 25-year-olds. They are more likely, per mile driven, to be in a fatal crash than any other age group.

The IIHS has urged legislators to increase the driving age from 16.

Researchers have also found that 16-year-olds in deadly crashes are almost always in that spot because of driver errors like speeding and over-steering. They make mistakes far more often than other age groups.

"We know young people don't develop their brains fully," said Pehrson. Brain research shows that the decision-making part of a 16-year-old's cortex isn't fully developed until around age 25.

Bibliography http://www.rmiia.org/auto/teens/Teen_Driving_Statistics.asp To sum it up people dont think it should change is because working teens, gaining experience, independence, responsibility, and for the parents sake. http://www.helium.com/items/1776710-should-the-driving-age-be-raised-to-18-why-or-why-not The earlier in life you learn something, the longer you will have experience with the subject. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/09/09/teen-driving-age-should-b_n_125010.html http://www.dsa.gov.uk/Category.asp?cat=343 In the 1920's the age of 16 was recommented to all states to be the begining driving age.
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