Essay about Teen Driving

643 Words Dec 31st, 2006 3 Pages
Over the years there have been many car accidents, many resulting in death. Teenage traffic accidents are the number one cause of death among 16-20 year olds. In 1996, 6,300 teens died in the United States from motor vehicle crash injuries. The fatality rate for teenage drivers is about 4 times as high as the rate for drivers 25 to 65 years old. On average, a teen driver is killed every other day in California. In most of those fatalities, the reason was either involving speeding or driver error. But in California, Oregon, Michigan, and other states, those statistics are dropping because they have had laws restricting teen driving on the books for more than a year. Because of the numerous deaths, many people are pushing for a legislative …show more content…
Of course, all passengers and the driver, are required to wear seat belts. For the first year, the new driver may not drive between midnight and 5 a.m., unless accompanied by a parent or driving instructor who is at least 25 years old. But there are, naturally, some exceptions. Some exceptions include work, school related activities, medical and family necessities.

Many organizations, including MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) and AAA clubs of Northern and Southern California, are sponsoring this bill. But one group of populace that should have a word in this is the people that are going to be affected, the teenagers. From a teen's perspective, this bill would violate their constitutional rights. Not all teens are wild, reckless, and irresponsible drivers. If this bill gets passed parents will lose something very valuable; time. Their teens will no longer be a source of relief for many stressed out parents. No longer could older children ferry their young siblings to the mall or basketball practice. That will soon be history. Everyone always says look at the statistics and at all those deaths. Then they make a conclusion, and at the end of the spectrum there will be opposing beliefs. But which statistics should we be really looking at? Teenagers make up 10 percent of the population, and account for 14 percent of highway deaths. Elderly people are death risks as well. Adults, 65 years or older, make up 13 percent of the population and account for 14
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