Mathew M Volpe
Research & Technology
April 27, 2005
The Driving Age
“Many teens are interested in being able to drive at a younger age, but it is still unclear if they are able to handle it. If the legal driving age is lowered, are we endangering the lives of teen drivers, as well as the passengers with them?” (Think Quest) I believe most people want to drive as soon as they can. However, recently the government has been trying to pass laws that may change the current driving age of 16. There are positive and negative aspects to changing the laws that allow the driving age to stay at 16.There have been new bills being proposed that mite be passed. “The Minister for Urban Services has introduced a Bill (proposed law) into the Assembly. He wants to amend the Road Transport (Driver Licensing) Act 2000. The new Bill is called the Driving Age Amendment Bill. This Bill is intended to raise the age at which people can apply for a learner’s permit and driver’s license.” (Legislative Assembly). This bill will raise the driving age if it is passed but the aspects of what will happen should be considered before we change it. There are many different reasons why we should keep it at 16. First off it’s a good working system that we have followed for a long time. Another good reason that helps this concept is that the teenagers are still in school so it’s easier for them to take drivers training. If there are more drivers that ultimately mean that more people will be paying for insurance. There are also the reasons why we should change it from 16. Like for instances most 16 year olds aren’t responsible enough to drive. “The facts show that younger drivers (those between ages 16 and 25) receive more citations, are more likely to have their driving privilege suspended, and are responsible for more accidents than drivers in any other age group.” (Dr. Steven Evans). Another reason is that it’s a high cost own a car when they are making so little money.
If we were to raise the driving age it would most likely be changed to 18. The best reasons for raising it to 18 would probably be that they are more responsible. “Children are not equipped to handle these vehicles, which are hard for even an experienced, adult driver to handle.” (Ron Shaffer) They have More money because of there jobs and if you go away from home you need a license. The bad things of what would happen if the age is changes is that there would be more illegal drivers on the road. People 18 and under might not be eligible for jobs because they don’t have their own transportation. Another thing is that most children would have to be driven to all the school functions.
There is probably no chance of the driving age being lowered under 16 because nobody trusts children at that young of age, but if that did happen here our the positives and negatives of that aspect. First, Parents would not have to drive kids to any school events. Another reason is that kids are responsible enough to baby-sit why not drive? The Negatives are that the accident rate will increase because children will party and drive. “When you consider the possibility of teenagers purchasing alcohol and become drunk, and combine that with the possibility of a lower driving age, it becomes clear that there is a great danger of an increase in drinking and driving accidents.” (Think Quest) Parents will worry about their children driving at such a young age because of an increased accident rate.
There is the possibility of being able to get your permit earlier but still get your license at 16. The good thing about this is that you would have more time to practice driving. “I think that by learning and taking responsibility at an early age, teenagers will become better drivers.” (Jason Cusioke) The things that would give negative results to this would be that parents have to drive with kids longer. Students would gain more bad driving habits from their parents. There would be more accidents due to more learners on the road that make mistakes.
Another idea would be to keep it at 16 but they would only get their license if they got 90% or more on both of their tests. This would lead to having smarter drivers on the road which mite would lead to fewer accidents. The bad things would be that a lot of people have trouble writing exams and get nervous under pressure and draw blanks in their mind.