Some people say they would like the legal driving age to be raised to 18 because teenagers do not understand quite yet how fragile life is and that it could be gone in the blink of an eye. Or that teenagers in general are reckless and giving them the option to drive, they will take it so they can show off or impress people and be reckless and some fear that teens are less likely to pay attention to the road, and more likely to have their eyes on their cell phones or distracted by other things because again, we aren't fully understanding of how dangerous it really can be.
Others have said that they wish to keep the legal driving age at 16 because we need to learn how to drive sometime and 16 seems like a logical age to begin on our own. I really haven't found any other reasonable opinions on keeping legal driving the same.
USAToday took a poll on rising driving age and they found that:
61% said 16 years old is too young
37% thought 16 was an ok age to get your license
another 53% said that you should have to be at least 18 to get a license.
I did find one article from New York Times that I really found interesting. It says "All 50 states prohibit 16-year-olds from drinking alcohol, buying cigarettes, and purchasing hand guns. Yet somehow most states are willing to put them in charge of a car, which could potentially be a deadly weapon." I like what that's saying because I 100% agree. I think that most teens are ready and responsible enough to be given the privilege of driving; but the handful of kids who aren't responsible and are reckless ruin it for the rest of the teens. I also feel like just as many adults get in crashes as teenagers do, but because were younger we are picked on more so teen crashes are brought to more attention than adults who crash.
(New York Times article)
- do you think the legal age to get your license should be raised to 18 or stay at 16?
- do you think the death rate would decrease if the age was raised to 18?
- would you feel safer on the roads if it was raised?