Raising the Age Limit for Driving Essay

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Have you ever been in a car accident? Recent studies have shown that the fatal crash rate for 16-17 year olds has a lower rate than the 18-19 year olds. The fatality rate for teenager as a whole, has been decreased by about 30% ever since in the mid 1990’s, the requirement of having a certain number of hours behind the wheel has been enforced in almost every state in the U.S. Some people have brought up the suggestion of pushing back driving ages. That is a terrible idea because although they’re the ones getting into them, it’s not just the minors fault. First off, the lack of sleep that these teenagers have been getting is one of the main causes on why all of these accidents have been happening. Children need a few more hours of sleep than adults do, so when these kids are waking up at 6 o’clock in the morning to go to school or college, it’s not only effecting their drove to school but also their drive home. The time school starts is another topic but I do believe that pushing the time back to 8 o’clock would make a huge improvement. Secondly, in the article “May Just Delay Deadly Crashes” by Anahad O’Connor he clearly proves by statistics and percentages that there have been more fatal crashes from 18-19 year olds rather than 16-17 year olds. I think that it is completely unfair to punish the younger group of kids for the older group’s actions. Especially when they’re the ones who have been saving lives by 30%. Finally, everyone thinks that keeping their 16-17 year old kid with an adult the whole time they’re driving will help them get better but it’s actually the opposite. Having an adult who is correcting you right while driving or a.k.a. “back seat driving” puts more pressure on the minor than you would think. It’s harder for them to gain self-control and to self-regulate themselves. The minor will not ever understand what it means to be responsible for a

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