Raising Drivers Age Limit

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Raising the driving age
COMM 215
January 2007

Raising the Driving Age
Should the age to receive a driver's license be raised and, if not, should graduated licensing be instituted? This is a growing question across America. The percentage of teenage accidents involving automobiles is on a constant rise. Whether caused by the lack of experience or under the influence of alcohol, death has become all too common among teen motorists. This problem is not going to go away by itself; action needs to be taken. Turning the age of sixteen is a huge step in the life of a teen. I myself remember when I turned of age and got my drivers license and than my own children turned of age and received theirs. When becoming the age of sixteen a new challenge is brought into a person's life, the task of driving a car. But are sixteen year olds ready for this task? Driving a car is a task that should only be taken on by teenagers over the age of eighteen, because they are more responsible and understand the risk involved. Their maturity level at age of eighteen is much better than that of sixteen or seventeen-year-old drivers. Second, eighteen –year-old drivers are involved less in horseplay and drag racing. Also, they get less distracted. Third, they are more responsible of their actions on the road. They make wiser decisions than teens younger than eighteen. (Davis,R) Sixteen-year-olds brains are underdeveloped and most of the driving they do is unnecessary. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 16 year olds have the highest percentage of crashes-involving speeding, the highest percentage of single vehicle crashes, the highest percentage of crashes with driver error, and the highest vehicle occupancy. Thirty percent of the accidents on the road are caused by 16 year olds. Ever since young teenagers could drive more people actually began getting hurt, or even killed. This is clearly an issue...
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