Raise The Age, Changes Could Happen

Natalie A

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Driving over the years has gotten to the point that more than 8,000 teens die each year within a 17 day period by either crosswalks, highways and even intersections. A parent’s worst nightmare would be to imagine or picture getting a phone call from a police saying there child’s dead. No matter how many times a child sweet talks or tries to make it seem like they are ready for the wheel he or she isn’t. The state legislature idea should be to raise the age to 18 because many teens lack experience when it comes to driving. The driving age should be raised to 18. Some people claim that experience is not the problem but more as it’s the fault of others and the mistakes they commit. They believe this because many have gotten punished for the actions of friends or family members that accompany them somewhere. Once a young teen named Jake was coming from a party with three other guys which he didn’t know so well. Suddenly a police pulled him over and had his license confiscated because the three guys managed to sneak alcohol in the front seat of Jack’s car. Technically it was Jack’s fault for allowing to take home complete strangers and didn’t realize or process what could’ve happened next. Many oppose age when teens need a chance to experience what it feels like to drive. Judgements shouldn’t be given if the person hasn’t even tried it themselves. Despite the opposing side’s claims, they overlook important points. At the age of 21 the front lobe of the brain has developed long enough to signal reasoning, disciplinary actions and less errors happen when they receive that signal from there brain telling them to stop and think for a moment. For example, having programs would help teens learn about driving skills and obeying the laws could really help give more experience. Laws being changed helped Bolivia decrease the number of crashes, which was above 2,000. Until a study proved by the Association of the Bolivian Community proved that at the age of 18 the number of crashes decreased by 6,000. Having programs that help teens learn about driving techniques or even managing to stay focused all the time on the road is what is needed. “GDL hasn’t eliminated the problem with teens, but it has been a really effective countermeasure says Anne McCartt from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.” As it states here this is a four year program that insures the best outcome of a young teen driver. Within those four years they experience real life situations that deal with distractions that may occur when driving but also manage the velocity/speed limits that helps concentrate on memorizing signs, and the general knowledge portion of driving. In conclusion I think this matters not to just teens but everyone in general because many people have kids of their own that will grow and need that mobility/carefulness for the future ahead of them. But also to the adults that may be reckless as well to help change the aspects/viewpoints of their own mistakes. Which could help prevent any more innocent lives getting taken away. No adult would want to imagine having their own life taken away by one simple mistake that could’ve been fixed. It’s important to understand that collisions may happen on purpose but could occur within the next generation. Think about the next generation and what foot steps would they be following when reckless driving increases over time which could make the world ten times worse.