Essay on Teen Drivers Are a Threat

1370 Words Nov 16th, 2007 6 Pages
It's a normal Friday night and Alicia is getting ready to leave to go get ice cream with a normal sixteen year old boy. Her father, Dr. Arturo Betancourt and his wife Lulu, confirm it is all right for her to go out, but first they had to meet the boy and told her she had to be home by curfew. "I want to speak to him," Dr. Betancourt told Alicia. He even reminded her to avoid distracting him when he's driving (Stafford, 3). Sometimes Alicia would complain about her early curfew, but she always obeyed it. That night she didn't come home. Several hours after Alicia's curfew the Betancourt's began to worry so they decided to call the cops. The dispatcher spoke calmly and asked them to stay at home. It was at this moment that Dr. Arturo …show more content…
More than two-thirds of fatal single-vehicle crashes involved a teen driver. Nearly three-fourths of those drivers were 16 years old. The rate of involvement for 16 year old drivers is nearly five times that of drivers ages 20 and older. Throughout the nation, an average of two people die every day because of vehicles drove by sixteen year olds. In most states of the United States of America you have to meet three requirements to obtain a drivers license. You must be at least 16 years old, pass a state-recognized drivers education course, and verify you have spent at least 25 hours of supervised time behind the wheel of a motorized vehicle. You are also required to spend anywhere from 6 months to 1 year with a drivers permit before obtaining a license. While these requirements are strict and force future drivers to earn a lot of experience behind the wheel it doesn't change the fact that most teens just aren't mature enough yet to hold onto a license. A growing number of studies are showing results that sixteen and seventeen year olds are just too young to be driving without supervision. Many people throughout the nation think it is a good idea to raise the driving age to eighteen. This is proven in a USA Today/CNN survey shows that 61% of the population thought a sixteen year old is not old enough to have a license and of the remaining thirty-nine percent only thirty

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