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Subject: What can we do to reduce auto-collisions on our Nation’s highways?

Writer: Ashia

A majority of the teenage population looks forward to their sixteenth birthday, more than any other milestone in life. The thought of having one’s own car and freedom, should make anybody happy. When a teenager’s sixteenth birthday arrives they cannot wait to arrive at the DMV, all dressed up knowing without a doubt that they will pass the driver’s test with flying colors. Then there is their parents out in the waiting room thinking of all the horrors, realistic and unrealistic that come along with driving. The thought of their precious baby behind the wheel of car makes their stomach turn. No matter what age a driver is there will always be accidents if one is distracted, or recklessly driving.

Studies show that the most accidents of young drivers do happen between the ages of sixteen-nineteen. If the driving age were raised to twenty there would be many situations to think about that come along with this adjustment. Teens would have to depend on their parents more for transportation. Such as those who have jobs or play sports that require late travel times. Parents cannot always take time off of their jobs to be at the needs of their children. Keeping the driving age at sixteen would relieve stress off of parents trying to figure out how their child will be making it to and from school or work. Also, if the driving age were raised to twenty teenagers would not know how to drive when they prepare to leave for college; seeing that more people graduate at the age of eighteen or nineteen. This would be of much inconvenience because the University bus may not run on the weekends or to outer campus areas where a student may need to travel.  Raising the driving age questions the priorities of the American civil system.

In the American society teenagers are able to enlist in the war at the age of eighteen. Making the decision to enlist is not something you just wake up and decide to do one day. To look at teenagers driving from a beginner stand point is not fair. Like the old quote says, practice makes perfect. So of course by the age of twenty, teenagers now young adults, wreck numbers are down.  In America, at the age of twenty one you are legally allowed to drink. It would not be a wise decision to have people obtaining their license at twenty, and legally drinking at twenty one. Drinking and driving is illegal, but all know it happens. If police were more passionate about their jobs, and there to actually protect and serve the roads could be a safer place. I see police officers who text and drive, or who are recklessly driving myself. How are teens to follow the law, when the ones who are there to exhibit legal behavior are not on the job themselves?  Not raising the minimum driving age holds no threat to society, there should be more programs to inform teens on the safety of being on the road.

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