Raising the Driving Age

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Raising the Driving Age Aside from suicide, teenage car crashes are the number one reason for teenage fatalities. The problem that causes this is because we are not preparing our teenagers enough before they are let out on the road. We are expecting too much responsibility from these teenagers that only have one thing one their mind, having fun and being careless. Driving is a responsibility that should not be taken lightly and I feel if we raise the driving age and prepare these kids more we can help in the number of kids that we are losing in car crashes. Each state has their own set age and guidelines for driving. In Louisiana, you have to be 16 years old to get a permit and must hold that permit for 180 days before applying for a personal license. I feel that the age for a permit should be moved to 17 years old. Just as we offer health and mandate that the students participate in the class in High School, we should also have a driver’s education class. This class would be the first step in preparing the kids for driving. The class would be mandatory before you are able to apply for a permit at 17. Also, we should have a law passed that you have to hold a permit for a total of a year before you can be able to get a personal license. This may help in forcing the kids to have more practice on the road driving with another licensed driver before going out there on their own. The more practice and advice you can give a teenager before they are allowed out on the road ways can increase the chances of saving a few lives from driver’s without the same amount of practice. Also, we need to get rid of all the distractions in the car for these teenage driver’s. Along with requiring that you have a permit for a full year before getting a personal license, no one would be allowed to ride in the vehicle under the age of 21 and can only have one other

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