Teenagers are reckless and we must do everything reasonable to prevent deaths. Raising the driving age will cut the number of accidents on the roads. Teenage drivers are much more likely to have accidents than older drivers. In the USA there were over 30 000 deaths in crashes involving 15-17 year old drivers between 1995 and 2004 (Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association, RMIIA). Raising the driving age by a year or two will greatly reduce these accidents and deaths.
Is 16 young to drive? 16 year olds everywhere are soon going to be able to drive but according to Today news 16 year olds get into more accidents than anyone else in the U.S. I believe that the driving age should be raised to 18 for the safety of everyone. 16 year olds can be reckless and cause crashes. 16 year olds are also proven to get into numerous accidents and they can get distracted at the wheel.
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.
The public complain that there’s too many drivers on the road and lowering the law to 16 would be chaos. If the driving age was to be lowered to 16 the government said the limit would be 80kmh (50mph). There are various pro’s and con’s surrounding the argument about people taking a test at the age of 70 and over. As you get old your body starts to get weaker and your senses start to determinate and your reactions won’t be as fast, this could cause accidents on the road as they could take longer to brake in an emergency and it would be harder to see long distances if you have weak eye sight. Old people who drive would be happy if that was the case they could argue that they have more experience on the road than any other drivers, on the other hand the roads are really busy these days and the amount of accidents on the roads in 1 year is ridiculous.
Consuming alcohol at a young age could damage a teenager’s body badly. Research proves that lowering the legal drinking age is not a smart idea. Although lowering the minimum legal drinking age to 18 (MLDA) will decrease the amount of unsupervised drinking, the MLDA shouldn't be lowered to 18 because it will produce many negative results. Lowering the MLDA could increase the amount of teenage drunk driving. Between 1970 and 1975, “there was an increase in teenage car accidents because 29 states in the United States had a MLDA lower than 21” ("Drinking Age ProCon.org”).
Several ideas such as more distractions in the form of technology in the car and on the road, a lack of maturity and experience, and the fact that young people are more likely to be in a fatal car accident are all valid reason to raise the legal driving age. Some people do not believe age plays a factor in the ability to drive a vehicle by themselves without adult supervision. In a high school newspaper, Nowak (2004) said that “Raising the driving age would just make inexperienced drivers older and would solve nothing” (as cited by Yee, 2004). This is a good point, however, it is shown that the leading cause of death for 15-20 year olds is, in fact, auto accidents (Insurance Information Institute, 2015). Now why is this?
This increases the risk for car accidents because of the lost ability to see far distances. Decreased color vision also declines in old age. This can cause the elderly to have trouble distinguishing colors in lights and other important aspects. I think that yearly eye exams should be stressed more to the elderly, and that every elderly person should have to go get tested every year in order for them to get their license renewed. Hearing is important when driving anything from a bike to an 18-wheeler.
Teen drinking is one of the leading causes to deaths and can also cause damages on growth and health for them. The consumption of alcohol in adolescents has a different effect on them then it does for a grown man or woman. Califano proves Reid’s idea that the English and Europeans have fewer drinking problems than we do in the states to be wrong by stating, “British fifteen and sixteen year olds were more than twice as likely as Americans to binge drink (50% vs. 24%) and to have been intoxicated within the past thirty day (48% vs. 21%).” Continuing to support this he uses another statistic by The World Health Organization that found that British boys and girls were far likelier than U.S. equals to have been drunk twice or more by the age fifteen. After discussing how with a lower drinking age teens will drink more often, Califano then goes on to talk about the consequences that teen drinking has on their growth and health issues. One fact he presents is that even a teen drinking at a responsible rate can cause damage in the brain that is long term and irreversible.
Having the blood-alcohol level at 0.08% provides a higher chance of people getting injured or possibly even death. This is an issue that affects everyone, from rookie drivers, to experienced drivers. It can even affect the people that haven’t started driving yet. Even though driving can be very helpful by getting people from one place
Speeding, texting while driving and other distractions played a part in the deaths. The article goes on to state that because teens are immature and have inexperience there is potential for disaster. The main idea of the article focuses on different ways and steps that will prevent crashes and save lives of teenage drivers and others on the road. It's pointed out that because teens' prefrontal cortex is not fully formed, teens have a hard time not acting on impulse. Another problem they have is some don't see the risks or don't care.