Too young to be safe

Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2003

At first I was against the graduated license, then I learned more about the statistics. I know what most teens are probably thinking. They are probably trying to come up with reasons why they shouldn't pass this law. What if we have to do this or have to do that? Teens are probably asking questions, wondering and making statements against it.

So, if you are someone who is against the graduated license, then you probably don't realize that traffic accidents are the leading cause of death among U.S. teens. The youngest drivers have the highest likelihood of crashing. Compared to the other drivers, a higher proportion of teenagers are responsible for their fatal crashes because of their own driving errors. New and inexperienced drivers have the worst driving record. Sixteen-year-olds have the highest crash record. Sixteen is the age when you get your license. Unskilled drivers are taking over the road. Think about the statistics. Would you want your little sister or brother, a cousin, a friend or anyone to become a statistic?

If this law passes, it would be similar to a permit, but you would get a little more privileges. With a permit you would have to have supervision to guide you and help you gain more driving experience. Personally, I think that 14 years old is too young to be driving period. If nobody likes the idea of this law passing, then you probably are someone who might be affected by this law. If you don't like it, become better, more responsible drivers.

Shelly Mazon

Juneau



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