Teen Driving : The Causes And Consequences Of Teenage Driving

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Teenagers dream of the day they can start driving and take a step closer to independence from their parents. We impatiently wait to make a trip to the DMV to receive our permit. It is exhilarating and just the idea of speeding down the streets make us shake with excitement. We can vividly recall those moments leading up to getting our permits, but we never think about how driving with inexperience can possibly affect others. All the families which have destroyed, futures ended early. Although the government has made an effort to try and reduce the casualties caused by teenage drivers the casualty rates are still extremely high. As proven by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “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. That means that six teens ages 16–19 died every day from motor vehicle injuries.” This proves that teenage driving is an issue in America. The research shows that this comes from multiple factors such as DUI’s, distracted driving, and peer pressure. In the U.S. teenagers don’t drive anywhere near as much as other people, the only exception being older people, but the amount of crashes and crash deaths caused by teens are ridiculously high. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) states “The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16-19-year-olds than among any other age group. In fact, per mile driven,

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