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Carelessness Have you ever wondered how some people were able to acquire a license to drive? When you think about it, it isn’t that hard to obtain a driver’s license. A lot of people become “lazy” or more “relaxed” when it comes to the rules and laws set in place when driving. A lot of this laziness and carelessness is leading to, preventable car accidents. I propose to reduce the number of careless drivers throughout the United States there needs to be new regulations set in place before receiving a license. For instance, all students in high school should be required to take a driver’s education course. Also instead of one driving portion, there should be three portions; license must be renewed every 5 years and at that time there will be a driving test, also for new drivers their license is temporary for 1 year before one can obtain a regular license. With these new regulations, people will be better off when it comes to driving and the roads will be a safer place. Not everyone who is getting a driver’s license is 16 but it is the vast majority. Having said that those 16-year-olds are most likely still in high school. I think that can be used to the advantage of others, meaning to make sure people are understanding the laws and safety measures of driving there needs to be driver’s education classes in high school to teach the young drivers the good rather than bad habits. When I was in high school there was no driver’s education class offered during the year, there was only a class during the summer. The class wasn’t mandatory to take to graduate like two semesters of P.E. If driver’s education were a class and if it was mandatory, then everyone (who graduates high school) will be fully educated when it comes to driving. The class will go over things like common road signs and their meaning, the importance of safety like using your seatbelts, and the negative effects of distractions for an example cell phones. Since this class will be required in all high schools this will require a teacher. This additional teacher will cost money; a full teacher’s salary. In the United States, all a person must really go through to get a driver’s license is to practice driving with someone who already has a license, pass a written test, and then take a small driving portion. If you really think about it that isn’t that much. If you fail any portion mentioned above, you can try over and over again until you get it. But since the process is so laid back a lot of individuals who should not be driving are sometimes able to get their license because of the easiness to “fake” your way through the process. To make getting a license harder to achieve instead of one driving portion of the test there will be three. By putting this in place it will be harder for people to exercise some “nasty” driving habits. For example, playing around with the radio while driving, or using a phone while driving. These occurrences are the main causes of car accidents in the United States. Studies show that: 34% of teens age 16 and 17 admit that they send and respond to text messages while driving and 12% of distracted drivers involved in fatal car accidents were teens ages 15 to 19 (Edgar). That is sad that there is a significant group of teenagers that are distracted while driving; it’s sad because they are going to continue these habits into adulthood unless we do something different. With this new regulation in place to get a driver’s license (assuming one did the other qualifications) each three driving portions must be passed. Each portion is considered a level, to get to the next “level” the first level has to be passed and so on. This new law will require more time because only one level can be passed a day. Not only will it take up more time of the individual trying to get a license, but it also will be taking up more time of the state patrol officer who administers the test. Changing the number of years before someone has to renew their license and making them take a driver’s test during that time is going to keep the roads safer for all. In place now according to the Missouri DMV if you are from ages 18-20 or are 70 or older you have to renew your license every three years. And if you are from ages 21-69 one must renew their license every 6 years. All one has to do when their license needs to be renewed is go to the Department of Motor Vehicles and pay a small fee then take a vision test and get a new picture taken also if needed change information on the card like address or weight. The ages in place that require a license to be renewed every three years can stay in place; at that time, they should retake the driving test so one can continue to practice for the next level that will be different than the one before. But instead of having to take three driving portions at that time they only need to take one. Still keeping the number at three years is going to require those individuals that fall under that age bracket to have their driving skills tested more often. “In 2015 drivers age 65 and older accounted for 18 percent of all traffic fatalities” (Older). If the people who were older were not only required to take a vision test but also were also required to test their driver’s skills, then these rates will go down. It’s sad but a lot of older people feel uneasy when it comes to driving as they age; they don’t want to have to rely on others. For ages 21-69 instead of 6 years the license should be renewed every 5 years and like the other age group, they must take 1 driving portion. If you pass, then you get your renewed license and if you fail then you need to start the process all over again meaning taking the written test and take three driving portions. This new law is going to make sure younger drivers are tested and make sure they don’t create bad habits and older drivers will be tested too to make sure they are still able to drive meaning physically, visually, etc. When first obtaining a license it should be temporary for a year. This should be in place so people who have obtained their license and have been careless can be put through the whole process of getting a license again. The temporary license keeps people more mindful because since the license is temporary if one is caught speeding or texting while driving the license is taken away in that instant. In 2014, 36% of drivers ages 15-20 were involved in fatal crashes while speeding at the time of the crash(Teen). If these harsher regulations were in place people would be more mindful and be safer on the roads and again will make these car accidents rates go down. Also, if one obtains 10 parking tickets before the year is up then the license will be taken away, and again the licensing process will need to be restarted. All of these new rules/regulations are going to reduce the number of careless drivers out and about. They aren’t there to make people groan and huff but to make the roads safer and the people safer. In 2015 The National Safety Council estimated 38,300 people were killed and 4.4 million injured due to a car accident in the United States(Newsweek). That number is crazy to think about, but with this new system, that number should fall by a lot. It isn’t that much to ask, all of these “new” regulations aren’t all new but just have altered the regulations that are already in place. The actual new portions of my proposal aren’t going to take up very much time or money, all one really needs in patients. Patience isn’t a lot to ask when thinking about the number of lives that could be saved from learning how to drive correctly and safely and un-carelessly. Works Cited “Missouri Driver’s License Renewal Guide.” N.p., n.d. Web. 01 May 2017. “Older Drivers.” Insurance Information Institute, Mar. 17. Web. 01 May 2017. “Teen Drivers.” Insurance Information Institute, n.d. Web. 01 May 2017. “Teen Driver Car Accident Statistics.” Https:// Edgar Snyder & Associates, 2017. Web. 01 May 2017. Ziv, Stav. “U.S. Traffic Deaths, Injuries and Related Costs Up in 2015.” Newsweek, 13 Apr. 2016. Web. 01 May 2017.