22 March 2012
Audience: Professor Kevin Morris
Changing the Driving Age Should Not Be Raised
It should come as no surprise that when the issue of whether or not the driving age should be raised is brought up, most people will argue that it should. If these same individuals were to take a look at some of the facts on this issue, their minds might be up for a change. The issue of raising the driving age has been a topic of discussion for many years because most of the evidence is going to point to the fact that younger drivers have more automobile accidents. While this fact is true, the concept of actually raising the minimum driving age will not decrease the number of automobile accidents caused by young drivers. The minimum driving age in South Carolina should remain at 17 years of age for a regular driver’s license, because young drivers need to be able to transport themselves, and it is unfair to punish young drivers for the mistakes of others.
The current driving age requirements for South Carolina should remain the same because of the requirements that are imposed on getting a driver’s license. According to the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles, “an individual amongst the age of 17 may obtain a regular driver’s license with a parent or guardian’s signature. At the age of 18 a person can obtain a regular driver’s license on their own. In addition, South Carolina offers a conditional license for teenager’s ages 15 years old and a restricted license for 16 year olds. The conditional license is available to 15 year olds whom have had their permit for at least 180 days, passed a vision and skills test, had a driver’s education course, had satisfactory school attendance, and practiced driving for a required number of hours. According to Janice Arenofsky, “teenagers should go through a probationary licensing program called Graduated Driver Licensing, this program consist of more experience—[ for teens to...