Are Teens Really Ready to Drive at 16?

Ethan H


When a parent allows their kid to get in the car, behind the wheel, and drive off they have passed one of the checkpoints of raising a child from birth to 18, but are they really ready to take the wheel and go out on the road where nearly 8,000 people are killed in crashes  involving drivers between the ages of 16 and 20. Are the parents ready for the leap knowing that their child could not come home that  night? There are many solutions including raising the driving age and having specific routes they are to drive to get to places. A solution that I have is quite simple. Every day when I drive home I get passed by kids going 100 MPH plus. When going 25 MPH above the speed limit police officers are required to take more action then just issuing a ticket and fine. If police officers were to be out in full force when school gets out, when school starts, and when the lunch blocks are they could put some thought into the teen drivers who are going an excessive amount over the speed limit. It is always the same car that flies by me. Then others follow and I just shake my head. To conclude, if we were to add this tactic to combat speeding which directly correlates to crashes and fatalities the issue of teen drivers crashing and driving recklessly would go down.


Above I have written a 240 word paper that describes the problem that our society is facing an my proposed solution.