Raising The Age Limit For Teen Drivers

885 WordsOct 28, 20154 Pages
Patience is a Virtue: Raising the Age Limit for Teen Drivers One of the most anticipated moments in a teenager’s life is when they finally pass the driving exam and get to stare into their own fresh, gleaming, brand new driver’s license. This is certainly a life changing moment for any teenager, but not in the way they would expect. Sadly, car accidents with teens at fault cause more injuries and deaths than any other demographic in the world. While getting a license at 15 or 16 may be a commonplace milestone of the American way, the associated risks of having young teens driving without restriction are simply not worth the privilege of being able to drive at such an early age. Teens simply aren’t developed enough to reliably handle the mental necessities of operating a vehicle, just as they aren’t developed enough to make adult decisions entirely on their own. Studies from the American Academy of Pediatrics found that, “there is evidence from MRI research that the prefrontal cortex (the area of the brain responsible for planning, impulse control, and executive decision-making) does not mature fully until the early to mid-20s”. Due to this, teens are also less likely to understand the dangers of risky behavior while driving a car. Teens are natural risk takers and participate in many other risk taking behaviors in the same years they’re getting their permits and licenses. A 2005 study by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development found that,
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