Teen Driving Curfew

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Seamus Byrne Mrs. Jordan English 6 May 2009 Removing the Junior License Curfew A parent just told their child to hurry home because it is illegal to be driving past eleven. Later that night they get a call saying their child has died in a crash from speeding home. Is a driving curfew still a good idea? Teen driving curfews do more harm than good. They ironically cause deaths in themselves. Not only do they cause deaths, but teen freedom is strangled by this law. Why should all teens be punished for the poor decisions of a fraction of teens during nighttime hours? Eliminating the junior license driving curfew would not only give the benefits of freedom to teens, but would also make roadways safer for all. Curfews cause rushing that causes speed related crashes. The basis of the curfew is off of crashes caused for reasons unrelated to night driving. Curfews also limit freedom that can damage teens for later life. With all these negatives why is there a curfew at all. To begin with, teen freedom is essential in forming law abiding responsible habits for the rest of their life. This is an important negative effect of the driving curfew. Most teens disobey the law as it is. Sixteen and seventeen year olds ignore curfew laws because they find them baseless (Asfar.org). These teens, if caught, are fined for a baseless law they cannot afford. Ashley Connors argues that most states already have pedestrian curfews in place so teens should not be out anyways (qta. in Savage 135), but this is not the situation in Pennsylvania where there is none. When the freedom is taken from teens it creates lasting effects. Whether it be not getting a job for having bad communication skills or being irresponsible. Curfews also interfere with responsibilities such as picking up a sibling or running an errand for mom and dad. The teen-driving curfew consequently

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