Fighting Recklessness

Micah P

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How young is too young? When is someone responsible enough? How do we know they are ready? These are all questions we must ask ourselves when it comes to driving. Statistics tell us that fifty percent of car crashes result from a teen driver, and the risk of a crash occurring doubles when there is a passenger under the age of 21. Not only do fifty percent of car crashes result from teen drivers, but one out of four car crashes result from phone use. There is a practical solution though. We need to raise the required age to drive to 18 years old and have extensive fines for drivers who use phones while driving. Are teenagers mature enough to get behind the wheel? Do they have enough self-control to put the phones down? As the new generation of teenagers becomes more technology driven and cell-phone oriented, it creates a problem that they won’t be able to deny their addiction. As the ringtone goes off when a text message is received, it creates an urge to read what the caller has said. This urge is a distraction that makes drivers lose focus and concentration, which is a major cause of car collisions in the United States. This inability to deny answering the phone is an issue of maturity. By raising the age to drive, it will allow an extra two years for teenagers to mature and become more aware of what is going on. Although raising the age to drive is a big proactive step to diminishing the amount of reckless driving, it isn’t enough. Teenagers aren’t the only drivers that get distracted by cell phones. Adults also fall culprit to the beeping of text messages, but there is a simple solution. The solution is to make a law that prohibits cell phone use by drivers with a large fine as punishment. As people get caught using cell phones while driving, they will get tired of paying the fines that accompany the tickets. This is a great way to keep college students, as well as adults, from texting while driving because they don’t have the money to spend. College is not cheap, and money doesn’t grow on trees, so they can’t be wasting it on tickets for cell phone use. Completely ridding the United States of distracted driving is a challenge. There is no perfect solution, but we can minimize the amount by following the two main solutions: raising the age to drive and making driving while using cell phones illegal, which will be accompanied with huge fines.