Blake Fischer English 300 Professor Goldbar 30 November, 2011 Death on Wheels Automobile accidents continue to be the leading cause of injury and death among teenagers across the nation. In 2008, 5,864 teen drivers aged 15-20 were killed, and another 228,000 were injured ("EdgarSnyder.com"). So it has become that the most dangerous threat to the livelihood of our youth lies not in the hands of serial killers, disease, or drugs. Rather, it is without question that teenagers are in greatest danger when they have their own hands on the steering wheels of an automobile that they are operating. However, taking the necessary steps in the direction of safety, education, and awareness, can successfully bring change to the nightmare that teen driving has become.
Only about 10% of 16 year old drivers that were killed in 2003 were because of alcohol, compared to the 43% of 20 to 49 year old drivers. Instead the accidents are minor things, like speeding, overcorrecting, or losing control when facing an obstacle (Davis). These minor details could easily be fixed with tougher driving courses. But the people against 16 year old drivers will just say that if they change the driving age there won’t have to be tougher driving courses. But don’t we want to challenge our kids in life?
Zach Toups 3/26/12 Drinking Age Stays Drivers aged 16 to 20 who are intoxicated while driving are twice as likely to be involved in a fatal crash as drinking drivers who are 21 or older. Drinking and driving is dangerous to anyone who chooses to do so. Drinking alcohol also affects ones capability when it comes to any type of work; whether that’s school or a career. A recent study shows that male teens that drink heavily tend to complete fewer years of education compared to males who do not. The drinking age should NOT be lowered from 21 to 18 years of age.
Teen Drivers Name Course Institution Date Abstract Teen driving is one of the emerging issues across many states in the world. With the increase in the number of vehicle production, many teens are driving in most roads across the states. However, this has not come without consequences. Many teens are dying because of driving related problems. Car accidents among teens have emerged as one of the serious concerns of this century.
Drinking and driving is one of the most deadly combinations that a driver can encounter. Statistics show that nearly 30 per cent of all traffic deaths involve impaired driving. Moreover, drunk drivers cannot response to the driving hazards as quickly as
“Young people are the most dangerous drivers on the road, so they should not be given a driver’s license until the age of twenty-one (21).” What is your opinion? Driving license age limit should be raised to 21? Well, this is a source of much concern; the percentage high of teenage accident on our streets is on a constant rise. Whether caused by the lack of experience, the fact of immaturity, distractions has become all too common among teen motorists. This problem is not going to go away by itself; action needs to be taken.
“Incidents of “road rage” were up 51% in the first half of the decade, according to a report from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety,” writes Andrew Ferguson in Road Rage (553). It’s sad that due to road rage many innocent commuters suffer the consequences. It has also happened to me while driving; because I’m driving to slow, the person behind me starts to blow the horn. And, it makes thing worse because then I will get mad and drive even slower. In Road Rage, Ferguson points out that in a recent survey that the Coalition for Consumer Health and Safety did, 64% of the people mentioned that they are driving less mannerly and more recklessly than they did about five years ago (553).
Road Accidents We come across road accidents quite often and therefore are quite accustomed to them. Motor accidents resulting in serious injuries and often loss of life hardly rates a small back-page news report except to the relatives of those involved, whose lives may be shattered. No solution of the problem can help these individuals. There is indeed no cure, so there must be prevention, on the alarming increase in accidents. The accident rate goes up roughly in proportion to the increase in the number of vehicles on the road.
Problem/Solution Essay One of the biggest problems facing teenagers today is the fact that they tend to ignore a lot of responsibilities,such as safe driving. Teens are the most unsafe group of drivers on the road. For teenagers; car accidents is their leading cause of death in the US. Some reports say that teens account for only 2% of all drivers, but they are responsible for more than 10% of all traffic accidents. A large portion of those accidents happen when one vehicle hits a wall, tree, or even slides off the side of the road, this shows that the cause is reckless driving.
Major Point: Cut the number of deaths a) The highest death rate for drivers us amongst the age group 16-25 b) If it’s raised, there would be a fall in fatalities arising from motor vehicles. III. Major Point: Maturity a) Many 16 year olds are very immature and putting them behind the wheel could be very dangerous. b) Teens are also very in-experienced and need to fully understand the consequences and techniques to driving. IV.