Preventing Teenage Driving In The United States

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We as citizens today should do everything we can to protect our youth, after all they are the future leaders of America. As a mother of a teenager, I worry about when my teenager will begin driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System (WISQARS) [Online]. (2013). National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (producer). [Cited 2015 Oct 7]. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens. We as citizens need to take an active role and do more to prevent our youth from being in harm’s way. Allowing our youth to begin driving on the roads at the age of 15 years, with a learner’s permit, we are allowing them to drive as an inexperience driver, a driver subject to distractions, and the age limit needs to be raised. Due to their inexperience driving abilities, they might not as easily recognize a bad situation while driving. We have all been there, where the other motorist does not turn on their turn signal before making a turn. The teen driver is not thinking about these…show more content…
Require stricter guidelines for obtaining a learner permit by making it mandatory for teenagers to take a Driver’s Education course. Currently, it is not mandatory, by the State of Indiana, for teenage driver to take a driver education course. Limiting the driving times of when a teenager can operate a motor vehicle of the roadways. Teenage drivers should be required to drive at least 200 hours on the roadways before being able to obtain a learners permit. This would allow the teen to be supervised while facing the many different obstacles on the roadways. Although, the State of Indiana has implemented the graduated drivers licenses (GDL) this is still not enough to protect our
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