Should the Driving Age be Raised?
By Zoe Howard
Six teens ages 16–19 die every day from motor vehicle injuries.
According to Center of Disease Control and Prevention, in 2015, 2,333 teens in the United States ages 16–19 were killed and 221,313 were treated in emergency departments for injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes in 2014.
Ellie Truitt a sixth grader at MBMS said that she did plan on driving when she turned 16 year old, but after hearing the startling statistics, she said, “The facts do scare me a little because I don’t want anything bad to happen to me when I drive.”
One mistake or one moment distracted while driving a car can cause severe consequences. According to the California DMV, the crash rate for 16-year-olds is 3.7 times higher than drivers of all ages. As teenagers get older the crash rate decreases dramatically. By waiting to drive, it could prevent many injuries and deaths.
A 10-year study of brain development by
the National Institute of Mental
Health showed that the parts of
the brain that control high-level functions such as problem-solving are among the last to achieve full functionality.
Teen drivers are some of the most susceptible to danger. Teenagers can get easily get distracted by a text, a phone call, notification or a distraction on the road. More maturity and practice should be required to make teens safer drivers.
Therefore, driving at a more mature age such as 18 would create safer roads for everyone and keep many teenagers from getting injured in car accidents.