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March 8, 2005

Driving restrictions would benefit teen drivers

by Varun Gulati, Page Editor
Since early Sept. 2004, automobile accidents have claimed the lives of at least 17 teenagers in the Washington region alone. One teenager was driving drunk. Another was speeding. Another lost control with three other passengers in the car. A large number of these accidents were caused by driving inexperience and driver immaturity, which could have been prevented.

On Jan. 13, Governor Robert L. Ehrlich, Jr. proposed bills that would increase the learner's permit period from four to six months, add a 90-day license suspension for provisional drivers who violate seatbelt or curfew laws and revoke the licenses of minors who are convicted of driving under the influence until they turn 21.

Two weeks later, on Jan. 28, Delegate William A. Bronrott (D-Montgomery) proposed allowing minors in the first six months of their provisional period to drive only passengers who are family members, prohibiting minors from using cell phones while driving during their provisional period and increasing the required number of supervised driving hours from 40 to 60, ten of which must be at night.
Congressman Pete Visclosky of District 1 Indiana (left) and Delegate William Bronrott of District 16 Montgomery County (right) talk to students in National, State and Local Government classes. <i>
Congressman Pete Visclosky of District 1 Indiana (left) and Delegate William Bronrott of District 16 Montgomery County (right) talk to students in National, State and Local Government classes.


The measures described in the bills are not farfetched; rather, they are practical solutions to growing problems of driver inexperience and driving distractions that result in accidents. Car crashes are the leading cause of death among 15- to 20- year-old drivers, according to an article by the American Automobile Association. This is no coincidence; the article also mentioned that 75 percent of the fatal crashes involving drivers in this age bracket are caused by driver error or other factors related to the driver's behavior. A large number of these driver errors are due to a lack of behind-the-wheel experience.

One way to solve the problem of inexperience is to stop it where it starts – with new drivers. The current Rookie Driver graduated licensing system in Maryland allows teenagers to obtain a provisional license after holding a learner's permit for four months and driving for 40 hours under adult supervision. Requiring more experience would, at best, increase the new driver's familiarity with various driving situations, allowing them to competently handle the same situations independently. If teenagers aren't given enough experience on the road, they won't be able to drive with responsibility.

In 2003, over 5,600 teenagers were killed in drunk driving accidents. The statistics alone speak for themselves – drunk driving is a serious problem. Ehrlich's drunk driving bill would finally express the gravity of the situation to license holders under the age of 21, for whom drinking in itself is illegal. Driving while drunk is a completely irresponsible act that violates two laws so offenders should receive twice the punishment. With the threat of having their licenses revoked, teenagers would think twice before drinking, let alone driving drunk.

The chances of a crash by a 16- or 17-year-old driver are doubled with two peers in the vehicle and quadrupled with three or more, according to a recent study by the National Institute of Health. Bronrott's first two bills respond to this risk and even go further to eliminate the deadly distraction of cell phones. Operating an automobile with one hand and holding a cell phone in the other has claimed the lives of many and has forced some districts, including D.C., to ban handheld talking on cell phones while driving. If teenagers are able to learn the risks of distractions by the threat of law, everyone will be better off. Though Bronrott's bills will not entirely eliminate the risks and distractions, they will at least forge a path of distraction-free driving for teenagers.

Teenagers are four times as likely as older, more experienced drivers to be involved in a crash, according to the Institute for Highway Safety. With the bills proposed by Ehrlich, Bronrott and other supporters, teens will gain the maturity and experience they need to prevent these crashes and drive more safely.



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  • ? on March 8, 2005 at 7:25 PM
    is there any word about extending the legal driving age for people born in 1990? i heard that pp born in 1990 cant drive until they're 18
  • Dumb Democrat= (View Email) on March 8, 2005 at 7:37 PM
    Look at the whole picture! There are more than 100,000 teenagers driving around here. Only 17 have died in the last 6 months. More people have died from drugs than from driving. Those government people need pay attention to more important things.
  • smarter democrat on March 9, 2005 at 8:36 PM
    I don't see whats so beneficial about limiting a whole group of teenagers just because some dont have the sense to drive properly.
  • Kristi Grassell (View Email) on March 10, 2005 at 9:59 AM
    I am a going to become a new driver shortly, and i must say that I am pretty frightened about getting my license. I am scared because the other teenagers on the road, I attend high school and every day that my mom picks me up there is an accident in the school parking lot. My mom and I both agree that I am not allowed to drive to school because all of the careless drivers that attend highschool. Therefore, I agree with driving restrictions, without them our world would be very unsafe. I don't think that raising the driving age would do any thing becuase they are still going to break the rules any way. Please email me back some information, because I am doing a project for school hoping to make an impact.
    Thanks for your help.
    Kristi Grassell
  • Avni (View Email) on March 15, 2005 at 10:08 PM
    is there really going to be a law that people born in 1990 cant get their license until they are 18? please let me know if this will be a law and if it is where I can find this law written. thanx
  • Mermaid (View Email) on March 22, 2005 at 4:12 PM
    I think that driving restrictions are stupid. Now they are making laws for teen about driving restrictions, but they didn't back when our parents started driving or back when our older brothers or sister started to. Why now?
  • jake rex on March 22, 2005 at 4:13 PM
    you should be able to drive by yourself when your 16. what if you had a night job but you wouldnt ba able to drive there because you cant drive by yourself at night when your 16
  • Rachel on March 25, 2005 at 10:14 AM
    I think that teens should be able to drive when they're 16.
  • tahha elsherif (View Email) on March 27, 2005 at 2:41 PM
    I think that the new law saying that people born in 1990 or later cannot get their license until they are 18 years old sucks. For some people like me we need to be able to get our permits because some of us need to get to practice, and get to school, because we dont have any other rides. Not all teens are the same. We all dont drink and speed and stay late at night. Its not fair to take away our privaliges to drive because some other retard screwed up. I dont know if this law is real or if it is a rumor, but if it is true, can you please send me a written form of this law. Thank You
  • David (View Email) on April 5, 2005 at 8:51 PM
    We should not change the driving age to 18. It has always been 16. not only is it the governments decison to let us drive, it is also what the parent feels. So even if the law is that you can drive at 16, some parents wont let them anyways if they feel they are not responsible enough. What about teens who have jobs? How are they supposed to get to work? Your parents can't always ride along with you until ur 18. so i feel strongly that the driving age should stay the same as it has always been. If 16 and 17 year olds are not responsible enough to drive, then it should be there parents decision if they want their kid to drive or not. Because it is parents who pay the insurance and probably pay for the car.
  • steffani (View Email) on April 9, 2005 at 3:01 AM
    why do you think teenage drunk drivers are the most causing accidents...i need to have a interview with someone that know (for school)
  • nicole (View Email) on April 11, 2005 at 8:46 AM
    18 is very young to be driving. I know I am only 13 but. The driving age should be 13!
  • Nicole (View Email) on April 13, 2005 at 8:32 AM
    18 iS way way to old. I8 year olds have to get to work and collage and other things, they have a life too ya know?
  • steve (View Email) on April 17, 2005 at 3:28 PM
    I fink its a stupid idea, what bout the peeps hu need 2 get 2 work or college the age limit shud stay as it is, money jst goin 2 b blown on busses and trains, and peeple hu work l8 ar at the risk if gettin mugged or sumfin on the trains,plz dnt chang the restrictions
  • stephanie (View Email) on April 22, 2005 at 6:49 PM
    honestly i think that 18 is way too old. most of us at that age ore going to be going off in college at that time. if they enforce that law then its going to become much harder for others to be able to attend college. i think the age limit should just be left as it is. if the government wants to help decrees the teen accedents then they should have more required classes that teach teens about drunk driving, ect, before getting there license. i wouldnt mind, as long the age limit isnt changed.
  • Tiffany on April 22, 2005 at 8:19 PM
    Well, all I have to say is. . .

    sucks for all you youngin's who were born in the 90's and later. HA.

    :)
  • amy on April 24, 2005 at 7:15 PM
    I am 20 years old and have had my license for almost four years. I would have to agree that the driving age should be 18. Now that I look back, I know that I shouldn't have gotten my license when I was 16. Not to mention that I have lost 2 friends in car accidents due to inexperienced driving. Also my brother who just turned 17 in Feb. and has only had his license since Oct. has already crashed twiced (once with my car). So 16 is really just to young!
  • this is gay (View Email) on April 28, 2005 at 6:53 PM
    raising the driving would be gay and it would ruin the privledge for people who where born in 1990 and after that would be so gay i was born in 90 and i would have to wait for two more years to get my license
  • Jonathan Jafari on May 4, 2005 at 7:48 PM
    i think NOT. Im not sure if this is true, but i was born in 90, and this would really get my goat. Did they actually pass the law yet?
  • Francesca (View Email) on May 4, 2005 at 9:05 PM
    isnt there a law that people that dont have there GED or havent graduated college cant get there licence can somone here give me reasons why cause i need some for school. thank you .
  • gemma (View Email) on May 8, 2005 at 7:28 AM
    hi i was born in 1990 and i was wondering at what age would i be able to drive many thanks gemma
  • carmen sotolongo (View Email) on May 10, 2005 at 7:43 AM
    I'm a parent of two teen age girls and I grew up in Jersey, I was shocked to know that they can be driving around when they were 15 a bit too young. I'm so glad that you passed this law. I think it would benefit us and everyone around us, also I honestly think it would help prevent so manny accidents caused by teens.
    Sincerely,
    carmen
  • Kayla (View Email) on May 11, 2005 at 7:56 PM
    i heard that the law was only going to effect people that were born after september 1, 1991 i was just wondering if this was true because i was born in december of 1990 and i am going to be geting my perment this year so ummm could some one please clear this up for me.
    thanks, kayla
  • brad (View Email) on May 13, 2005 at 9:22 PM
    i doubt they'll do that. people living in single parent households are dependent on there older children. If i do not get my license at 17 people have to consider dropping out to work fulltime becuase i would have no transportation would appreciate anyone who could tell me if its a rumor or true
  • AUNONOMOUS on May 18, 2005 at 5:38 PM
    THAT IS SO DUMB.THEY SHOULD MAKE THE PEOPLE WHO HAVE VIOLATED THE LAW TAKE DRIVERS TRAINING.WHY SHOULD WE SUFFER ON WHAT THEY HAVE MESSED UP ON. IT'S NOT FAIR.
  • .. on May 18, 2005 at 7:27 PM
    youth should just have to have more hours of training instead of taking the whole priveledge away from us.
  • ... on May 18, 2005 at 7:31 PM
    youth should just have to have more hours of training instead of taking away the whole priveledge, and after we get the license then we should have to drive with someone over 18 or 21 or something for a certain amount of time...
  • cody (View Email) on May 21, 2005 at 11:46 PM
    Hey i don't think the law should change, if people aren't ready to ake it they can always take it when their reasy that what it should be. But if people would change the way they're drving, and drinving responsable then people wouldn't have to worry about changing the laws. Whatever everybody thinks about the law cuz im just saying my opioion, i think their should be a warning saying if not driving responablie, then laws will change to 18. But thats all i got to say, thanks for everything, cody, late.
  • eddy (View Email) on May 21, 2005 at 11:49 PM
    hey ya, i got to say its not fair to everyone, it should only go to the people that speed, or get in the accident, and stuff, you got to give everybody atleast a chance. We'll thanks, later, cody/
  • Erika Thomas (View Email) on May 28, 2005 at 11:39 AM
    Yeah ok teenagers are more likely to get in an accedent then a older person (25) but the elderly shouldn't be allowed to dive then eaither i see just as much as them get in an accedent as teenagers .. so if your ganna make it unfair for teenagers do the same to elderly ppl!! to keep it all good DO NOT CHANGE THE DRIVERS AGE AT ALL
  • KB (View Email) on May 30, 2005 at 8:16 PM
    what about those teenagers who won't get into accidents because they are genuinely good drivers, are responsible, and won't ever drink and drive? its not fair to those kids who have their hopes set on driving in less than one year and who know they will succeed in driving responsibly!
  • Katharine Abrahamson (View Email) on June 4, 2005 at 12:21 PM
    i think it is the stupidest idea to make kids born in or after 1990 get there driving license at 18 insted of 16 or 17. we should have the same right as everybody else dose or did. it is not fair. we should not be punished for other peoples mistakes. we are just as responsible as all the other people who got there driving license at 16 or 17.we are just the same and should be treated the same.

  • Karen (View Email) on June 7, 2005 at 8:13 PM
    I believe it will not really have any affect. If we want to really change anything make students that drop out of school or get in trouble for underage drinking or drug possesion wait until they are twenty-one. Do not punish the people that try hard and behave well.
  • DJ Chapman (View Email) on June 8, 2005 at 9:58 PM
    I agree with Katharine, I mean if you keep putting back the age that people can drive no one will be able to. It's a prvilage so punishment the idiots that do stupid stuff.
  • katie b (View Email) on June 11, 2005 at 3:28 AM
    no.no.no!, this is so unfair to the mature teens i was born in 1990 and this stupid law would only make it worse because i would not have the experience neede and if this happens the age limit is just goin to go up and up!, this is also unfair to all the responsable drivers!
  • Amber G (View Email) on June 12, 2005 at 9:17 PM
    If they raise the age limit to 18 what happens to the seniors in school who are out of school, trying to support themselves and live alone when they don't even have a licence to go to work, or college?? This is so stupid!
  • mirela (View Email) on June 13, 2005 at 10:25 PM
    Wow wat r they thinking!18! NO Because we we will be going to college and we wont be driving yet?! I mean its not all the 16 yr olds that r dumb! Some can be very responsible. If u do that u will lose a lot of money beacuse people wont be buying cars till 18! I just think that is a bad idea. So think about it, really think about.
  • Emma (View Email) on June 22, 2005 at 10:44 PM
    increasing the age the generation after 1990 is useless because then the parents aren't there to supervise the child. One of the rulse about a learner's permit is that an adult over 25 must be in the car. this is very difficult for an 18 year old to fathom
  • jamie t (View Email) on June 25, 2005 at 7:29 PM
    it is not the fault of all teenagers ages 15-17 that stupid immature kids choose to drink and drive. other teenagers shouldnt suffer because part of our population makes a bad choice. wat will happen when someone needs to get some place important and has no way to get there because they can't drive without a person over 25 in the car with them? i dont think this law will prevent much because people who have permits nowadays drive without person with licenses in the car with them. it is also unfair for people like me who are responsible and eager to get places without depending on others to get me there.
  • jim miller (View Email) on June 27, 2005 at 9:25 PM
    C'mon i have been interested in driving ever since i was a little kid and now you guys are telling us that we have to wait one whole extra year. Im a lucky one because i was born in 1990, but some of the others wont be able to drive until they are out of HIgh School. How come the other states aloow 16 year olds to drive and we are two years behind them.
  • Molly (View Email) on July 7, 2005 at 4:16 PM
    if the driving age is raised to 18 don't you think that there will still be accidents due to inexperienced drivers. . . all it does is push it off a couple years. I know that in manyy households children that can drive are looked to to help out with transportation for family.

    If they are going to raise the driving age the cut off date should be 2000, so that children know as they grow up that they won't be able to drive untill a later age. Don't just spring this on the people born in 1990, they have been Anxious for the past couple years to begin to drive
  • Phong (View Email) on July 14, 2005 at 1:58 AM
    I agree with Molly all your doing is just putting a couple years off. If we stick to the law right now we would have expierence before we hit 18. So I think changing the age range to 18 is unfair they should just leave it as it is.
  • Justin (View Email) on July 16, 2005 at 1:53 AM
    I heard that if you were born in 1991 you had to wait till you were 18 to drive. Is this true??
  • brittany (View Email) on July 17, 2005 at 3:24 AM
    well i was born in 1991 and like everyone els i want to nkwo if the driving age will be changed to 18
  • ??? on July 17, 2005 at 3:18 PM
    If you were born in 1990 does the new law apply to you too? or is it just 1991 and over?
  • Ashley (View Email) on July 20, 2005 at 12:04 AM
    no.. that wont work because my mom works 3 jobs and i have baby twin sister and my mother is counting on me to help her with some of the car pooling.. i agree with Molly... if you change it then it should be 2000.. now 16 is a responsible age and who recks will just have to accept the consequences of their actions, mayb the reason there are so many accidents is not because the age of the drivers but lack of drinking programs and the kids arnt getting enough knowlegde about it at school and home.
  • SHANIQUA (View Email) on July 22, 2005 at 1:54 AM
    OHEMGEE; I DONT' WNNA WAIT NTIL IM 18 TO DRIVE, I WNNA DRIVE WHEN IM 16, HOW COME THEY MADE IT AFTER 1989 ER WHATEBBZ, I WNNA DRIVE NOW SO I CAN GO TO SKOO. I THNK IM SMRT ENOUGH TO KNOW HOW TO NOT CRASH. YOUR ALL MEAN!! l0lz0rz
  • Alisha (View Email) on July 25, 2005 at 1:13 AM
    I think that the dispute between whether or not you should be 18 years of age to get your license if you were born in the year of 1990 is rediclous. I think think this because there are many of kids that go to college and also have jobs when there 18. I don't feel safe having a child just being on the road by there self on their way to college. Many kids have jobs when there 14,15,16,17,and even 18. I don't think there parents or older siblings would like to drive them for 5 years. I know I wouldn't!!!
  • A.Heller (View Email) on July 25, 2005 at 1:37 AM
    I haven't heard anyone say that they want the new law to take effect. It wouldn't be helping anyone teens will still drive drunk. SO whats the point!!! I wish the gover't will just wake up and get there heads out of there bums!!!
  • Alyson (View Email) on July 29, 2005 at 1:22 AM
    I am 14 years old and i have just found this out. This is a horrible law because why should we (the younger generation) be punished for what older and dummber kids have done. I have looked forward to getting a car at 16 and being able to drive myself to work to make money for my oversea college. In my opinion the people in the accident shuold be punished(the one responsible) for their mistakes.
  • shelby on August 4, 2005 at 8:55 PM
    The new driving age would be the dumbest idea ever! Why should we be punished for what older kids have done in the PAST! I think everyone should think twice about it...maybe require drivers ed. instead of changing the age...that would be the smartest thing!
  • summer (View Email) on August 9, 2005 at 1:09 PM
    I had heard that anyone born in PA in 1989 can still get there license when they're 16 but if you were born in 1990 you had to wait untill you are 18, which sucks because that means i missed being able to drive when i'm 16 by one month! So anyone who is one month older than me can drive but i can't!I do agree that there has been an increase of accidents but there has also been an increase in population. Prolonging the ability of teenagers to be able to drive will not help though. This will only make more problems seeing how 18 year olds will be in college and have access to alcohol moreso than when they're younger, so you will have less experienced, unsupervised and restless drivers. If this law was passed I would like to know and would be intrested to hear other viewpoints.
  • Suzanne (View Email) on August 10, 2005 at 11:15 AM
    Dumb Democrat made a really good point. There will always be teenagers who drive drunk and cause accidents, but why doesn't the government focus on issues that are targeting large groups of teenagers- like drugs. They should spending their time and money on things that are obviously crippling the teenage population much more. By the way, has anyone found hard evidence that this rumor is actually a fact? The way I heard about the driving age changes in PA was through friends. I've never actually seen anything about on the Internet, in newspapers or on TV. The article above doesn't mention anything about PA.
  • Suzanne (View Email) on August 10, 2005 at 11:17 AM
    By the way, Dumb Democrat's comment is at the bottom.
  • joe austin (View Email) on August 10, 2005 at 7:45 PM
    if you are born in 1990, do you have to be 18 to legaly drive a car? please email me back ASAP

    regards

    Joe
  • Natilie (View Email) on August 12, 2005 at 5:33 PM
    I have a question. I was born after 1989 and i needed to know how old i need to be to get my learners permit. Please respond back. Thank you
  • Be Fair (View Email) on August 12, 2005 at 9:40 PM
    Lets not forget about the elderly drivers. how many accidents do they cause?

    I'm sorry it's the drunken old codgers that wrote and passed the law.
  • Carlos (View Email) on August 12, 2005 at 10:42 PM
    All I have to say is that it doesnt make any sense to let a 16 yr old get there permit and have to wait another 2 yrs to get there license .. thats just stupid !!

    but other than that.. If I was born in 1990 does that mean that I have to wait until I'm 18 to legally drive ?
  • Donnarae (View Email) on August 13, 2005 at 11:12 AM
    I was wondering since i was born in 1990 does that mean i have to wait until im 18 years old to get my drivers permit or can i just get it at 16 and then get my licence 6 months later?
  • christina (View Email) on August 15, 2005 at 4:13 PM
    I was born in 1990 and i was wondering if i have to wait until I am 18 to legally be able to drive or if that law only applies to people born after 1990 (ex:1991). Please respond as soon as possible. Thank You
  • Si Hiska (View Email) on August 17, 2005 at 4:30 PM
    I am born in 1990. Does that mean i hav to wait until im 18 to drive?????
  • sarah (View Email) on August 20, 2005 at 1:38 PM
    i was born in 1990, and i am one of the youngest classmates in my class. i would have to wait until i am in college to get my licences. and still drive around with a parent because i would have my permit. is it true that you now have to be 18 to get your licenes if you were born in 1990 or after ?
  • jamie (View Email) on August 24, 2005 at 5:25 PM
    do you have to be 18 to get your licences if you are born in 1990 or after? or is it just like 1991 and on?
  • Javier (View Email) on August 27, 2005 at 1:06 AM
    Ohh man please tell me i dont have to wait until im 18 to drive. I was born in 1990 so your telling me the guy who was born on December 31,1989 can drive but the guy born on January 1,1990 can't? To me that doesnt make any sense it's only a day difference. Tht would stink because im am going to graduate when im 17 and wont be able to drive to work and events, etc. Please respond back with some info about this so called law. Thanks
  • javier (View Email) on August 27, 2005 at 1:12 AM
    By the way i live in PA does tht make a difference? I keep hearing that PA is changing the law. Man i hate PA their laws suck big time. Im moving to Kentucky lol
  • Alyssa (View Email) on August 29, 2005 at 7:25 PM
    Ok, this is really stupid. Getting your license when you are 18 if born in the year 1990 and up. I was born in the year 1990 and this is stupid, because the teenagers parents need their kids who can drive to be able to have job, and to go do their routines for them at the markets. Also the kids need to drive to school, their parents shouldn't have to, and the buses are starting to get way over crowded as it is, so if this law is really true e-mail me.
  • Robert (View Email) on August 30, 2005 at 11:46 AM
    I don't understand...has this1990 law been passed yet, and where? In addition, i thought that driving laws are reserved for the state governments to determine. I heard that in my home state of Florida they would not pass the law because some kids who were born after 1990 already had their learner's permits. Is the law still waiting to be passed, and when might it be passed? I would like to have this information for a feature in my own school's newspaper because the administration has just decided to enlarge the student parking lot. If the law is passed, the school would just be wasting money. The student lot would be almost usless because there are very few students who turn eighteen before or shortly after school starts.
  • cole (View Email) on September 1, 2005 at 12:03 AM
    is there a cut off? On kids getting there licence.
  • jr (View Email) on September 1, 2005 at 12:45 AM
    So is the 1990 and over law been pass or can i can my provisional license at 16. Is the law still waiting and if it has been passed, what states? plz email me back ASAP!!!!!!
  • jr (View Email) on September 1, 2005 at 12:48 AM
    has the law been passes or what? can i still get my provisional at 16 or do i have to wait when im 18. email me back ASAP!!
  • Kaylen (View Email) on September 4, 2005 at 8:59 PM
    If you have to wait until your 18 to get your drivers license, who do some of us go to college? My birthday is late and i wont turn 18 until after im in college. This is just stupid and can ruin some of our college careers. I mean i can understand 17.. but thats still rediculous! Its not fair to make us 1990-1991 and up to wait longer.
  • Deanna (View Email) on September 5, 2005 at 5:46 PM
    Just like everyone else, I was wondering if the 1990 law has been passed. There is nothing about it on the PennDot website or anything. Would it be in effect in every state? email back...thanks
  • ck (View Email) on September 5, 2005 at 9:17 PM
    i'm fifteen and extremely excited about driving in less than a year!!! however, it doesnt seem fair that a bunch of old politicians (sp??) get to decide when we can drive. i'm doubtful that upping the driving age will actually prevent accidents and deaths. it's only 2 years. teens that are immature NOW will be just as immature or even more so when they're 18. it's a matter of the individual person, and those of us who are mature shouldn't be punsihed for the reckless teens.
  • fiona (View Email) on September 5, 2005 at 10:12 PM
    one person metioned that there will always be teenagers drinking and driving. changing the time we get our licences won't have any impact on this well will still be teenagers. is that is what you are oncerned about then why not have a law were teenagers can't drive after a certain time without a good enough reason such as a job. another peson mention the fact that a person who was born on the 31 december 1989 will get their license but a person born on the 1 january won't. i was born on the 1 january and to relise this makes me annoyed. it is extremely unfair. please reconsider your intentions.
  • Savannah (View Email) on September 21, 2005 at 5:08 PM
    I've heard of the 1990 law from many different friends from different cities although no one seems to know if it has passed or not. I would really like to know please respond a.s.a.p. thank you.
  • Tiffany (View Email) on September 23, 2005 at 7:32 AM
    Is this law in ALL of the US? I've been hearing it going around, but I didn't know if it was true. I think the law should be the same, unless it changes up to 2000 or something. This is unfair. Please let me know if this is for ALL of the US.
  • CAROLYN FITZGERALD (View Email) on September 23, 2005 at 3:02 PM
    RECENTLY MY SON JUST GOT HIS "PROVISIONAL LICENSE" AT 17 YEARS OLD. WHEN MY SON WAS 16 YEARS OLD HE RECEIVED A DRIVERS PERMIT AND HAD TO HAVE A LICENSED DRIVER WITH HIM. WITH THIS PROVISIONAL LICENSE AT 17 THERE ARE RESTRICTIONS, FOR EXAMPLE A 12 MIDNIGHT CURFEW, ETC.AND DOES NOT HAVE TO HAVE A LICENSED DRIVER WITH HIM. AT 18 YEARS OLD HE WILL RECEIVED A REGULAR NJ STATE LICENSE WITH NO RESTRICTIONS. MY QUESTION IS, DOES THIS APPLY TO MY OTHER SON WHO WAS BORN IN 1991, OR HAS THE DRIVING AGE CHANGED. I WOULD APPRECIATE YOUR RESPONSE. THANK YOU, CAROLYN FITZGERALD
  • Sunny (View Email) on September 30, 2005 at 11:30 PM
    I am 17 years old and have my juniors license. I have been driving for about a month now. My friend just died in a car accident last night because he was going 82mph in a 45mph zone. He was 16 years old and had just received his license the day before. This was the scariest thing that has ever happened to me. It made me think about all the times that I have been in a situation with another teenage driver who was speeding or driving under the influence. And right now, it's so hard to comprehend why a teenager would do it. It's because we're teenagers. Fun = having a car, parties, and driving. If the state were to elimiate one of those priviledges, i feel that everything would be different. I would feel more safe driving and getting in other automobiles. Please do something about this. Change the driving age, or put harsh restrictions on teenages with licenses.
  • Ceto (View Email) on October 5, 2005 at 6:37 PM
    I am doning a paper on driving age should stay at 16 in Virginia. I would like to know who agree with me? If you really look at it everyone has a choice and teenager do too. Now you have the choice to go faster or go speed limit. Teacher, parents, adults, and other teenager tell us not to go fast in a car. But we all have the choice to do as we told or play with our life. I have had friends who where killed in crashes due to speeding and drinking and driving. But I think they had a choice to drink and drive and speed. I'm not saying they got what they deserved Because no one deserveds death. But they did have a choice so next time just think about it do you want to be the one in a crash because you made the CHOICE!!!
  • Mike (View Email) on October 10, 2005 at 4:05 PM
    I was born in 1990, and I'm curious if I have to wait until im 18 to get my licence, or does the law only apply to people born after 1990. Thanks, please email me as soon as you get a chance.
  • Andrew (View Email) on October 11, 2005 at 8:21 PM
    I was born in 1991, and I'm curious if I have to wait until im 18 to get my licence, or has the law not been changed yet. Can I get my learner's permit at 16 or 17? Thank you.. Please let me know...I really don't want to wait until I am 18
  • Brittney (View Email) on October 13, 2005 at 1:22 AM
    I have the same question as Andrew... so could you let me know as soon as possible. Thank you.
  • april (View Email) on October 13, 2005 at 6:35 PM
    i was born in 1991. i hear that there is being a law passed about waiting until your 18 to drive . iam only 14 years old now and i have alot of places to go. my parents dont want to drive me around until im 19. at 18 we really get our permitt at least let us get our it at 17 18 is just way 2 late.
  • Vincente (View Email) on October 14, 2005 at 9:26 AM
    I was born in 1987 and i'll be 18 soon. I think that teenagers should get their license at the age of at least 18 because teenagers don't have enough road skills yet to be driving before 18. Teens should get their permit at either 17 or 18 and their license at 18 or 19 years old. There are too many teens getting into accidents and dying because they are either drunk, speeding, or talking to friends in the car or on the cell phone.
  • sami (View Email) on October 15, 2005 at 10:10 AM
    i was born in the summer of 1990 i was wondering when i can recieve my license because being 18 and geting your license is ridiculous!!! plz email me soon!!
  • Shannon (View Email) on October 16, 2005 at 12:04 AM
    Is there a law passed that says that kids that were born in 1990 and up aren't allowed to get their licenses til they are 18? I heard about it, but i wasn't sure if it was actually true.
  • anna gabriella on October 16, 2005 at 9:26 AM
    Franly, i think that the driving age is and has always been a big issue in the US,so if many people are trying to decrease that problem, even if it means having to wait an extra year to get your license, ¿why not cooperate? because even though you think that you willl never get caught in a car accident, it can happen, so be smart and don't go against those who want the best for your life and the lives of those around you. You can accept it now or when something bad happens and you are forced to accept it, so... WHY NOT NOW?
  • Kathy (View Email) on October 16, 2005 at 2:41 PM
    I was wondering if you had to be 18 if you were born in 1991 to get your driver's license, because if that's the case ... that's really late, and what does it change if people born in 1990 get there's they are only a year older and it just depends on the person driving. It's their choice if they want to drive safely or not. E-mail me back A.S.A.P
  • liz (View Email) on October 18, 2005 at 11:32 AM
    im 14 and was wondering can i still get my license next year?
  • crystal jones on October 18, 2005 at 1:52 PM
    I have the same concern as kathy so as soon as you find out can you post it somewhere...
  • raven (View Email) on October 18, 2005 at 4:27 PM
    i dont think its fair i am 14 almost 15 and i want to drive when i am 16...i dont want my parents driving me around when i am 19 that would suck.
  • Miles Blatstein (View Email) on October 18, 2005 at 9:37 PM
    I am 15 as of september 8 2005 and i was wondering if i can get my permit next year sep 8 06 and my licence in march of that year. My question really is, when are people born in 1990 aloud to get their licence and permit?
  • Skf on October 19, 2005 at 1:22 PM
    i relly think you should go back down to sixteen agian because it will cause a lot of trouble so lower it
  • David (View Email) on October 24, 2005 at 11:52 AM
    I think the driving age should stay the same at the age of 16. I think if a teenager younger than 16 would be more irresponsible. People how are usually <16 are either freshman or not in highschool. I think that you should be well under way (like sophmores, Juniors etc). This is just few reasons why I think the driving age should stay the same at 16.
  • Joseph on October 25, 2005 at 9:15 PM
    I dont think it should be an age issue, I think it should be a matter of skill, maturity, and experiance. Im 16 now and ive had my permit for about 2 months and ive driving well over 60 hours with my dad. But I have to wait 10 more months to get my lisence even thought ill be more then ready to go out on my own in half the time.
  • raise218 (View Email) on October 26, 2005 at 10:04 AM
    The simplicity of many of the comments made by teens in prior postings are a reflection of why the age to obtain a license should be raised. The comments, "it sucks", "I don't want my parents driving me around", "teens who are immature now will still be immature at 18" and "it won't stop 18 year old's from drinking and driving" along with a myriad of grammatical errors reflects an immature level of education. Allowing such immaturaty on our roadways does increase the chances of accidents due to inexperience and negligence. There are statistics out there and available for all to view, that prove the risks of these accidents are lower for drivers 18 years of age and older. I had my license at 16. I wasn't a bad kid, but on the other hand, not the best. My mother would have a heart attack if she knew about some of the behaviors I displayed behind the wheel. I truly am lucky that I was not involved in any major accidents. Still, at 30, I find myself questioning certain "rules of the road". Luckily, after years of experience, I know where to go to find them if I am unsure, do you?
  • brittany (View Email) on October 27, 2005 at 8:38 PM
    I've been waiting all my life to drive when i reached the age 16, along with every teenager. I don't think it's fair to make people born in a cetain date wait longer to be able to drive. I agree with Joseph that it shouldn't be an age issue but maturity and experience. Now i have to wait and have my parents drive me around. I dont think that is fair at all.
  • Linda (View Email) on October 29, 2005 at 1:43 PM
    I don't think the age for driving should be changed. Think about this, most kids start getting jobs at 16 and most of their parents work all day and when they get home from work they're tired and they don't really want to do anything, correct? Well how do you expect those kids that have jobs get to work? We can't always depend on your parents, we have to learn responsibility right?
  • Belen (View Email) on October 29, 2005 at 10:03 PM
    My daughter was born in 1991. Is there really a change in legal driving age for kids born in 1991? I will appreciate a response. Thank you. Belen
  • Cody (View Email) on November 1, 2005 at 9:30 AM
    WHAMMY!!!, and GO ROCKIES WIN STATE!!!!
  • joi (View Email) on November 1, 2005 at 10:21 AM
    why dont ya tell me want im asking
  • Joseph on November 1, 2005 at 8:32 PM
    In addition to my thoughts. I think you should be able to gain you Junior license after 6 months of holding you permit, but without the 30 hours of drivers ed completion. To determine the maturity of the younger drivers and idea to judge it would be their school teachers. It could be like 2/3 of your teachers or previous teachers that have had you.
  • kaylee (View Email) on November 2, 2005 at 12:38 PM
    I would like to know about this 1990 rumor about when children born after this date can receeive their license.
  • sean (View Email) on November 2, 2005 at 6:32 PM
    what's the driving age for people born in 1990 and later?
  • bert (View Email) on November 2, 2005 at 7:00 PM
    I think it should be to prevent less wrecks and help the commonwealth of Kentucky.
  • Travis (View Email) on November 3, 2005 at 3:30 PM
    ok, i was born in 1991 and when i heard about this i thought that it was a joke. i have been waiting my entire life to get out of the house. those who are inexperienced drivers at 16 will still be inexperienced drivers at 18. it makes no since to me why we would want to raise the driving age. as someone said before, it would injure the economy because those people who were going to recieve a car for their sixteenth, would now wait untill eighteen. i think that by changing the age, you are taking away a certain morale that the teenagers of the country have. this has been my dream for my entire life, to be free, to be on the road. do you not remember what it was like when you were 16? please dont take that morale away!!
  • Whitney (View Email) on November 8, 2005 at 8:23 PM
    I was born 1991! I've beeen waiting for this since I was ten! if you change the law from 16 to 18 we are still going to be inexpierenced at driving! OMG some of us aren't that irresponsiable!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Simon (View Email) on November 13, 2005 at 6:48 PM
    I feel that some ppl shouldnt get to drive, even some adults, and the elderly. I live in miami and i know first hand that some adults dont even know how to drive. Is that fair that they should get to drive but not us. Higher the driving age??, how about making driving school better. Wouldnt that lower accedents! wat causes axidents, ppl doin stupid things or not knowing wat to do Y cuz they didnt learn how to do it (driving schools fault).
    Some of us need to drive at 15-16. I need to go to school and go to get things done. And I cant rely on my parents till im 18.

    So when do we drive 16?? or 18. In Florida.
  • Megan (View Email) on November 14, 2005 at 9:30 AM
    I was born in 1990 and it's not far that my sibs who where born in '88 and '89 could go for their license after only 6 months of being a permit driver meaning that they become permit and licensed drivers at age 16. I go to an online private high school that I have a good possibility of graduating from before I am 17. Now what if I want to take my car and drive all the way into louisville to hang out or stay the night with family, but I can't because I don't have a license. What about picking colleges and checking out the campus of each one. IU know why the laws have become this way, but I need to get out of the house more then twice a week.
  • Hannah (View Email) on November 14, 2005 at 7:17 PM
    I think teens shouldn't get their license if they drop out.
  • Bob on November 14, 2005 at 8:43 PM
    i think is stupied if they are changing the law for driving. It is stupied because people want to drive when they were littel kids. i am 15 now if they do change th law i go on strike.

  • Mike Z. on November 14, 2005 at 8:55 PM
    16 years old means one thing - GETTING UR LICENSE AND THATS IT
    18 means growing up young adult next chapte of ur life so if ur were to change it to 18 wut would 16 be ntohing and it would not benefit u from anything except making 16 year olds mad angry depressed and pissed off cuz they been waiting a long time pateintly for this!!! they see there older friends born before 1990 driving and having fun and were just waiting and saying to ourselves it ok in a year we will be like them and be able to drive and then all of a sudden u guys decide to change it for a stupid reason that would not be solved just make more problems and plus we dont all drink and drive and stay up later thats only a few of the irresponsible people that dont care but listen I CARE and so do many other 16 year olds about this DONT CHANGE IT PLZ because if u do more problems will occur not be solved dont change a tradition and a happiness for future 16 year olds that wait and wait and wait for this great moment to happen just like the other 16 yeaqr olds born before 1990 that drove at 16 and i think there is no point of changing it AT ALL PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DONT CHANGE IT I BEG YOU THINK ABOUT HOW U WOULD U FEEL IF U WERE IN OUR SPOTS and plus i need to drive to get to skool and soon universty and practice and work my parents and driving me to all thoose places they cant its hectic i gotta be able to drive around and be responsible for myself!!!! WUTS THE POINT OF CHANGING IT!!! PLZ dont change all my older siblings got to drive and are driving now and im a little fustrated about that because i wanna drive too but i put in my mind that in one year i will be able to drive and i will have fun at the same time THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND FOR READING THIS!!!!! PLEASE JUST KEEP IT AT 16!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS ALL GOOD AT 16 THANK YOU
    16 = DRIVERS LICENSE FOR MATURE 16 year olds
    16 = DRIVING PRIVILLAGES FOR RESPONSIBLE
    16 year olds
    16 = HAVING FUN AND ENJOYING YOURSELF BEFORE U GROW UP AND WORK AND START UR LIFE
    16 = HAPPINESS TO BE ABLE TO DRIVE
  • Gigi (View Email) on November 14, 2005 at 10:30 PM
    Changing the age from 16- 18 will actually not make a differnce. People 18 are most likely have basically the same responsibility ideas as 16 adn 17 year olds. You can still drink and drive when your 18, and no matter how old you are, kids still will. I think that if you start kids off early there is a better chance of you being a better driving. Speaking of inexperienced drivers, come on now 18, thats late! That's the last year of highschool. Another issue is parents rely on there kids to drive, when they tern 15 and a half. I think they should re- think all the disadvantages, because they may be stronger disadvantages then there is advantages.
  • Christian Whitehead on November 15, 2005 at 11:36 PM
    Changing the age will not make a difference. Crashes caused by teens of the age 16 to 17 have dropped 16 percent since 1999. When you are 18 you recieve alot more rights and that makes it even more dangerous. If you get your license a 18 you are going to be new but still trying to drive every where. Starting at sixteen will reduce the chance of you getting into a accidet at a later age. On top of that not every teen is irresponsible and there is more car accidents caused by people older than 16.
  • Kenny Wong (View Email) on November 16, 2005 at 10:04 AM
    Hello, nice to read your article. Quite frankly i disagree with the whole thing, yes i know my life might be a failure but this article has no common ence what so ever. If everyone just drove without a licence it would save them time and money. I already have a licence and i just turned 59. I mean i've been driving without a licence all these years, i am not married and i ma so lonely. Dear fellow thank you for reading this and please email me about this topic. thanks a lot,

    your homie.......Hakim Warrick Matul
  • Lauren Teston (View Email) on November 16, 2005 at 12:58 PM
    I think this idea is stupid. It doesn't even need to be brought up anymore because it isnt fair at all that I was born in the year the law is going to be held!! I have waited my whole life to be able to drive, and I think another year would KILL Me.
  • bob on November 18, 2005 at 1:33 PM
    i think you should get your liscene at 16 its fair!
  • aero (View Email) on November 22, 2005 at 5:55 AM
    i accually dont have a problem with this law, it does make sence... its just like when they changed the drinking age years back...some of you people are just mad cuz you were born in the wrong year, well so was i with the drinkin being chagned...youll get over it, and as a parent it would make me feel better about my kids if it was changed one year can make a big difference
  • Billy Bob Jo (View Email) on November 22, 2005 at 5:20 PM
    If you think we should change the law to "You have to be 17 to get you permit and 18 to get you lisence!!" Your just weird!!!! :(
  • raina (View Email) on November 24, 2005 at 8:20 PM
    Is this law where you have to be 17 to get your permit and 18 to get your license in effect yet? I hope not, it's not right. How do you expect us to go to college and drive to school our senior year? Did you think about that...I dont think so....!
  • Michelle (View Email) on November 28, 2005 at 4:04 PM
    I totally agree with the law statistic wise being a 17 year old driver myself, yet it's inconvenient, and not even enforced when you are pulled over after 11 p.m. Just told to start heading home
  • Senior Exit (View Email) on November 29, 2005 at 7:48 AM
    see a lot of information but i'm not sure
  • Tessa (View Email) on November 30, 2005 at 6:19 PM
    I was born on June 30, 1991, and I'm in 9th grade and my friends who were born on 1990 are getting their permits this year. Is there a certain date... or is it for everyone who was born on 1991? It is really not fair for the people in 9th grade that were born in 1991, while the people who were born in 1990, whom is in 9th grade get their permits and we can't. Also, I don't want my dad or mom to drive me to college everyday -.-
  • Jeremy Maness (View Email) on December 4, 2005 at 4:36 AM
    There is nothing farfetched about what the bill is to implement but the cell phone part should be a law. Nobody should talk on a cell phone while driving; these people that talk on there phone cause accidents just like an inexperience driver. There are more accadents caused by cell phone usage while driving than any other. I also beleave that big cities should raise there driving age for the fact that there are more drivers on the road which increases the rates of accidents that can accure.
  • Yeahhhhh on December 4, 2005 at 8:46 PM
    Okay. Here's what I think:

    For the most part unless you are really and extremely immature, it's not AGE that makes you a good driver; it's experience.

    Quoted directly from your article: "A large number of these accidents were caused by driving inexperience"

    I personally cannot rely on my parents until I'm 18. By then I will have a job and not long after I will be going to college. The impact of this bill would be enormous but not in the way you hope. Please put yourselves in our shoes. If you had been told you had to wait to drive, I think you you would have been rather angry. I will not and cannot wait until I'm 18 to drive. Mkay.

    See you on the roads (-:

    Thank you.

  • [[Your Name Here]] on December 4, 2005 at 8:50 PM
    My opinion in the nicest possible way: your idea sucks. end of story. Period.
  • Name on December 4, 2005 at 8:52 PM
    Think about this if you're so smart: either way drivers starting out will be inexperienced...doesn't matter if we start at 16 or 18... either way we're inexperienced.


    inexperienced:

    Noun
    1. Lack of experience. 2. Lack of the knowledge gained from experience.

    experience is gained from experience...

    News flash: so if you take the experience away from us...we're still inexperienced.
  • . on December 4, 2005 at 8:53 PM
    one word: no
  • Laura (View Email) on December 8, 2005 at 1:16 AM
    You should'nt punish teens who study hard and are excellent drivers or just don't want to be aberden to their parents,for other teens who are unresponcable.Give the good teens a brake.
  • Jim (View Email) on December 8, 2005 at 1:30 AM
    Thats just crap....its ok for people who live in the city but what about those who live in the country n have to travel over 60km to get to a towm
  • katherine (View Email) on December 8, 2005 at 8:20 PM
    is it true that people who were born in 1991 or after, that they will have to wait until they are 17 to get there liscense! that is soo unfair!
  • marion moreno (View Email) on December 9, 2005 at 1:46 PM
    i do not agree with the teenage diving advantage because it kills.
  • Connor (View Email) on December 11, 2005 at 12:56 PM
    It's not about the age of people, it's about the maturity of them. Thats why there is a driving test. Whether your 16 or 18 it's not going to matter because teenegers aren't going to take a real look at reality until there way older than that. The only thing that this new driving law is going to do is make more inconveniance on the parents who have to drive there kids around when they know they are old enough to do it themselves. Also there is going to be more kids driving without a license, thinking they are old enough. The Only thing the Virginia Law can do about this is make it more aware to teenagers about how safe driving will benefit them in the long run. This new law will only make things worse.
  • Brianna (View Email) on December 11, 2005 at 2:32 PM
    i was born january 3, 1991 and can i still get my license next year. cause if its changed to 18. do you really expect my single mom to drive me everywhere to the middle of my senior year , what about if i have a job and i need to get there after school and she aint off????? and if we're not alowed till 18 that's going to be less experienced for when we go to college and we will need that extra experinced , and with that being till 18 thier will be more recks on the highways!! i dont think it's a good i dea AT all! i really think it will be worse if this go's through!
  • Miss on December 12, 2005 at 1:39 PM
    This new law really stinks! I, and my peer group, who were born in 1991, are going to be denyed our right that others before us have gotten! Why are they going to change the law, when others have gotten their liscense at 16 and are extremely responsible? Everyone in my generation is upset and shouldn't be denyed their right to drive at 16! Besides, who wants to rely on their mom an dad?
  • Sylvie (View Email) on December 12, 2005 at 7:07 PM
    i was wondering if this 1990 thing is true because i already got my permit and i'm turning 16 in a month. i was also born in 1990 as well.
  • corinne on December 12, 2005 at 8:04 PM
    okay so wait, I'm confused...
    i was born in 1991...
    do I, or do I not have to wait until I'm 18 to drive?
  • Yaya (View Email) on December 13, 2005 at 9:27 AM
    This law does not affect me but i know how it would feel. And i agree alot with Connor. Its not the age of the teen its the maturity.
    Maybe if u gave us more time to well maybe practice u give us 5 months thats nothing. We are young adults and need to be treated like them. We have jobs and we can not rely on our mommys and daddys!
  • Charlie (View Email) on December 13, 2005 at 5:51 PM
    Okay. Well seeing as i was born before '91, this does not affect me. but i do know the position you are putting these kids in is bad. I agree with connor. Its NOT the age its the maturity and if u guys cant see that then try tkain a walk in our shoes. We have jobs and we can not and will not rely on our mommies and daddies until we are 18 years old. we are young adults. so start treating us like them.
  • Alex on December 14, 2005 at 6:59 PM
    corinne, that's what I'd like to know... I think I will be a responsible driver, i just wanna know if i have to wait till I'm 18 or not to drive!
  • katherine (View Email) on December 21, 2005 at 11:16 AM
    i think that is all a lie, you're only mentioning the teen accidents. What about the adults crashing and driving drunk? are their slates all the sudden just gone?, just put it on the teenagers- they won't mind. its only gonna make us angry if you raise the driving age when we get to finally start driving... this is all coming from one 14 year old who wants to start driving.
  • Stephanie (View Email) on December 23, 2005 at 11:39 PM
    Many adults think that teenagers are immature and can't handle driving. That's why they want to change the law. Did they even to stop to think that not all teenagers are immature? A lot of teenagers have jobs and have to drive in order to get there. Many parents wouldn't like to drive their kids to school and to work until they're 18. It's unfair for the teenagers that are affected by this so-called "new law."
  • Mike Palladini (View Email) on December 27, 2005 at 11:29 AM
    hmmm last time i checked teenagers are not the only people causing accidents...elders have been causing more accidents since 1996 and it isnt going down it is actually on the up rise...also elders are more likely to cause a accident involving 2 or more people than any other age group im saying this just because im 14 and was born in 1991 and if this happens it wont be very fair at all to the rest of my peers, if i dont get my license until im 18 i will barely have time to drive during my high school career....I have been looking forward to driving since i was a kid and if this happens it will be very disappointing....So overall i think this law is a bunch of BS there are soo many other states where you can get your permit at the age of 15 1/2 and some even YOUNGER!!!...i think we are already getting deprived and we should just leave it how it is..but apparently pennsylvania hates children!!!!
  • brittany (View Email) on January 2, 2006 at 9:42 PM
    I just have a question...how old do you have to be to get your permit...i know it is 16 but i was born on 1/9/91 so i need to know if this goes into effect before then so i know if i have to get my permit when i am 15 and 1/2...and i think that it is stupid that they r just now changing the law that isnt going to stop kids anymore by getting in accidents.
  • isabel (View Email) on January 3, 2006 at 1:09 AM
    i was born in 1990 i have heard that this new law that was passed applies to me. I wanted to know if it does or if it just applies to kids born 1991 and over.
  • . on January 3, 2006 at 1:40 PM
    why would you change it
  • justin (View Email) on January 4, 2006 at 12:03 PM
    if you were born on 1990 you cant get ur license,or was it 1991?
  • Michelle and Hannah on January 6, 2006 at 11:13 AM
    We had recently been partying with friends on new years, and we had way to much to drink! We got back into our car and we started driving. We ran right into a pole, none of us died but some of us got severely hurt. I myself (michelle) was the one driving and never in my mind did I think that I would ever drink and drive. This is an experience that I will never forget. Thats why this new law should have been passed a long time ago!
  • Michelle and Hannah (View Email) on January 6, 2006 at 11:16 AM
    my name is michelle...I HATE THIS LAW!
  • keke (View Email) on January 10, 2006 at 10:17 PM
    is this true that i can't drive till i'm 18...i'm fourteen, almost fifteen but i was born in '91. i need to know. i am not waiting until i am 18 to drive. just because some drunken teens had to escape the world through alcohol and then get in a car and kill people doesn't mean all of us should be punished. i'm not trying to be mean, but this is really pissing me off. by passing this law, you will not only make it impossible for me to get a job, you will make me ride the school bus in senior year of highschool and it's expensive. don't penelize others for others crap. by passing this law, people will openly rebel and drive at 16.
  • Nathan Thederahn on January 12, 2006 at 7:06 AM
    I was born in July of 1991. If we can't drive until we're 18, I won't be able to drive until I am out of school. I will be 17 when I am a Senior. My mom has 5 kids and I am the oldest. She was really looking forward to me driving to help get my siblings around. We have to go about 50 minutes to and from to see our dad. It would have been nice if my mom didn't have to take us any more.
  • akirah on January 12, 2006 at 2:41 PM
    how many teens die each day from driving
  • Kee Kee (View Email) on January 12, 2006 at 2:43 PM
    I hate that Law
  • amber (View Email) on January 16, 2006 at 4:27 PM
    I was wondering when i can get my license i was born on august 6th 1991 and i've heard some rumors that i can't get my license until i turn 16 17 or 18
    is this true? If it is the government is stupid they shouldn't of changed it i've been responsible i'm fourtenn and i've got a jod i'm not relying on my mom any longer than i have to
    so just think about it we will be voters think about what were going to do when we can vote just because of this one law
  • beeep (View Email) on January 19, 2006 at 8:48 AM
    im 15 and im gettin my license in 2 months
  • Juan (View Email) on January 19, 2006 at 3:29 PM
    Im wondering if that law will change the driving age for the state of florida. E-mail me please.
  • Another teen driver (View Email) on January 19, 2006 at 9:38 PM
    Teens dont kill people, stupid people kill people. they just sometimes are behind the wheel. STUPID LAW, i smite you.
  • Eric (View Email) on January 28, 2006 at 7:17 PM
    if i was borin in '90, does this law effect me?
  • krystal on January 30, 2006 at 9:51 PM
    When was this law passed... just cuz i wanna mark it as the day when the STUPIDEST LAW I'VE EVER HEARD OF was passed!!! Hope 2 pass by ya on the roads when i get my license at 16 :)!!!!!
  • anonomus on February 1, 2006 at 2:03 PM
    your letting people down thats close to driving. you no when you were 4 to 1 year away from driving you were excited, so what do you think in someone else opinion
  • anonomus on February 1, 2006 at 2:09 PM
    this dum and we should be able to get a lisense when were 16 so we can get jobs. i no in what was 4 years i want to have a car to drive to go work. I NO I AND OTHER PEOPLE DO NOT WANT TO SPEND MONEY TO RIDE IN A TAXIE TILL THERE 18 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Frank (View Email) on February 1, 2006 at 11:57 PM
    I was wondering if i was born in 1991, can i get my liscen when im 16?
  • Frank (View Email) on February 1, 2006 at 11:57 PM
    I was wondering if i was born in 1991, can i get my liscen when im 16?
  • Julius (View Email) on February 4, 2006 at 10:44 PM
    I just want to know is thE law gonna be changed....I mean cuz im 16 and im suppose to be gettn my liscense in march of this year...and If the law was to change to 18 I would be very dissapionted. I mean cuz think about it....their are alot of teenagers my age that really want their liscense at 16. Just because teenagers of otha states drink and drive doesnt mean all teenagers will. I mean most of us really wanna drive....I mean its something we look forward to...and by the state wanting to change the law to 18 that wouldn't be fair at all..what about all the time we've waited to get our liscense and then we get to the finally point, and they law has been changed that would be very heartbreaken. PLEASE DONT CHANGE THE LAW...I WANT MY LISCENSE.
  • Anonomus (View Email) on February 5, 2006 at 12:37 AM
    I was born in the year 1990 will this law affect me or can i take Alive at 25 and get my perment
  • Morgan (View Email) on February 5, 2006 at 4:31 PM
    Hi, I'm 14 and my birthday is march 12, 1991 will i get my license? This law is confusing everyone, I realize that you are trying to protect us, but really this is hurting us more. The people dumb enough to drink and drive or get in crashes are punished enough, do you really have to punish their peers too? Do you realize that we will be going to college when we are 18 with hardly any experience driving and a lot of people go out of state where there is unfamiliar territory and they are trying to drive around packed campuses. What's more dangerous someone going to college driving on packed campus's who has been driving with 2 years of experience, or someone who just recieved their license?
  • vanessa (View Email) on February 7, 2006 at 3:42 PM
    Hi, I'm 15 years old and I can't wait to be driving and crashing because I like to PARTY
  • Quail (View Email) on February 22, 2006 at 6:41 PM
    think of all the kids who are almost sixteen and are really looking forward to getting a job...and not having to have mom drive them there....also being able to stop by publix on the way home...and DRIVE there!! You no that teens arent the only ones that get into accidents.. just cuase peeps r drunks or bieing dumb doesnt meen that the rest of us will...dont punish us for the wrong deeds!!
  • f3chter (View Email) on February 22, 2006 at 7:44 PM
    what's the driving age for people born in 1990 and later? and if the law is passed for people born after 1990 thats unfair theres no proven statments on why this should be passed. please respond back
  • Ashley (View Email) on February 23, 2006 at 10:39 AM
    I think we should be able to get our drivers lisence at 16. I think girls are more responsible and mature drivers than guys. Guys try to show off for everyone else. I am 13 now and about to turn 14 in april. I want to be able to get my lisence when i turn 16.
  • erin (View Email) on February 24, 2006 at 8:55 AM
    As I am preparing to write an argument essay for a Communications to class on just this issue, I believe that the federal gov't should raise the min. driving age to 18. I feel it would make the roads a whole lot safer a raound. Thank you for this article I will use it as a referance for my essay. Erin
  • mike (View Email) on February 28, 2006 at 2:10 PM
    i was born on january 25,1991. . . am i going to be able o drive when i am 16 or am i going to have to wait longer?
  • Sarai and MEagan (View Email) on March 3, 2006 at 1:26 PM
    OMG we're only 13 but i cant wait until i drive like goi to the mall and stuff its gonna be pretty sweet! HI everyone lol bye!
  • Yessika (View Email) on March 7, 2006 at 10:32 PM
    LOOK!Im only 13 but im almost goona be 16 in three years and i have been waiting to drive since i was a little girl and if you raise the drving age higher than im gonna be dissapointed and i have to get a ride from my parents or ride the bus for 2 more years. i think thats not fair for us teens! Look most of the teen car accidents are caused by drinking well maybe you should raise the drinking age not the driving age. what you might be doing is not the answer! please listen to my opinion and take it in consideration! thank you
  • Nicole (View Email) on March 10, 2006 at 12:47 AM
    My birthday is in August 1991 so can I drive by myself when I turn 17 or do I have to wait until I'm 18?
  • Micky May on March 16, 2006 at 4:35 PM
    Why would you want to raise the driving age? My sister is 14 almost 15 and I can't wait to be able to get a ride with her. I also will be dissapointed since my b-days today and I only have about 2 years to go. DON'T !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  • Lily Lay on March 17, 2006 at 5:28 PM
    I think it would be stupid to raise the driving age because no matter what age teens start driving they need a year or two to become comfortable on the road, so if the driving age is 18, there would be just as many accidents coming from 18 year olds as there would be from 16 year olds, so it is more about the practice, and also, I am looking forward to driving in 2 years, so don't raise the age!!!!!!!!!!
  • random person on March 17, 2006 at 5:28 PM
    its so not fair that they are raising the age for the drivers license. there are accidents cuz of inexperience just like you say in the article. not of age. ppl are also gonna be confused. especially if they are 16 and they already have their license.
  • Bluh Bluh on March 17, 2006 at 5:33 PM
    I very much agree to raise the driving restictions to eighteen. The reason is because just yesterday, I was told that your sense of quick-thinking of what to do in an accident only fully developes when you are around the age of 25. If we are to start driving at 16, more accidents are most likely to occur. I was also told that somebody who got their license died the very same year. Ouch!!!
  • Mickey May2 on March 20, 2006 at 2:16 PM
    Hey, I have been researching teen driving restrictions and I have found out when teens drive with other teens they can be distractin and lead to thrill seeking which can be very bad. By the way, I'm Mickey May's little sister. Maybe raise the age that people can drive with other teens. please don't really change the driving age, just maybe the age when they can have kids in the car. Bye!!
  • megan (View Email) on March 23, 2006 at 9:56 PM
    i think that passing this law is rediculous!!!!
    because some teens graduate highschool when they are 17 what are they supposed to then?? have there parents dirve them every where? to work, to college, i just don't see why this is such a big issue!!! some teens are responsible and should not be punished for the irresponsiblity of other teens actions. well i am doing a persuasive essay on this law for english and i need to know the governments side of the argument so if you could e-mail me back it would be much appreciated.....
  • Jac (View Email) on March 27, 2006 at 9:54 AM
    I agree
  • Susan (View Email) on March 28, 2006 at 7:58 PM
    Did they pass the law that said if you were born after 1990 you have to wait till they were 18 to get thier driver licence. And if so what are the exceptions and will there still be chances to got a hardship licence?
  • ali on March 31, 2006 at 10:48 PM
    im born in december 26, 1990 will i be able to drive at 16 still?
  • samantha (View Email) on April 1, 2006 at 4:44 PM
    i have a question since i had no time to get my permit at age fifteen or sixteen i was wondering since know that i am eighteen do i still have to get take the test to get my permit or can i just get my licens off hand
  • Mickey May 3 on April 5, 2006 at 6:31 PM
    Hi people! Guess what? I'm Mickey May 2's younger sister! Wow what a big family!!!!!!!!!! Anyways... saving lives is important, but that thing about quick thinking developing at 21 won't help because our quick thinking still won't be developed and we can't wait till we're 21 to drive otherwise kids wouldn't be able to drive around to get places in college! Bye!!
  • Lacresha (View Email) on April 14, 2006 at 1:15 PM
    I agree with what the government is saying. You probally wonder why i am, Its because today at 11:45am I got pulled over for speading. I did not have a parent in the car with me. And to make it worst i was driving on an restricted. Today in 2006 all we as teens think about is cars . Y cuz were getting them soon and we see people on the high way speeding and we want to do teh same. I made that mistake and now i have to sppear in front of a judge and whatch him scream at my mother for letting me drive i didi even leave my community fpr twp minutes i was in a resisdential area and was doing 49 in 30 mile zone. Im sorry for it. and i could have went to jail But it was bye the grace of God that i didnt. The police will take you in . Teen you must always be polite to he or she that has pulle dyou over because if your not yiu will be penalized for the stupidity that i have caused today. Sp i dont see anything wrong woth the license situation you cant drive a car your first year of college anyways so just deal woth it take a Bus "MEGAN" even if your a responsibel teen it wouldnt matter anything could happen even if it wasnt your fault. But i need someone to e-mail me back and tell me what i should do during my court apperance in 3 weeks. HELP PLEASE.
  • alicia (View Email) on April 19, 2006 at 11:00 PM
    i htink that the age to drive should stay where it is, it should not be lowered of highered. Research has shown that the brain of a 16 year old is less developed than the brain of a 18 year old, which would help them to be able to drive better. But it can be difficult for a 18 year old who may be going off to college or university etc. to have to drive with their parents this can be extremly difficult for many families and can cause more drop outs to occur in teens as transportation is a major issue.
  • ROBERT BAKER (View Email) on April 21, 2006 at 8:34 PM
    I THINK INEXPERIENCED DRIVERS NEED MORE HANDS ON EDUCATION HELP ON DRIVING!!!!!!
    EVERYONE WANT TO SINGLE OUT TEENS FOR FOR DRIVING WHEN THEIR IS ALSO MANY ADULTS OUT THERE THAT HAVE DUI'S AND SO ON!!!!!!!
    DRIVER'S EDUCATION IS TO EXPENSIVE;IT SHOULD BE OFFERED IN SCHOOL. SOME TEENS CAN'T AFFORD THE COST OF DRIVERS EDUCATION. MAYBE IF EVERYONE WANTED TO TEACH TEEN JUST TO PREVENT CAR CRASHES AND DEATH, THEY SHOULD DO IT OUT OF THE KINDNESS OF THEIR HEART AND NOT PUT A PRICE ON EVERYTHING. THINK OF THE LIVES YOU COULD SAVE IF DRIVERS EDUCATION WERE FREE TO ALL TEENS. THIS WOULD HELP OUT A LOT. I THINK DRIVERS EDUCATION SHOULD BE PUT BACK IN TO ALL SCHOOL SYSTEM!!!!!!
  • Reds (View Email) on April 30, 2006 at 9:29 PM
    I believe that this is completely wrong. There are many who will fight against this law if the driving age is higher. Kids will still have to have their parents drive them around at 17 or 18 years of age. This would not only anger kids, but also the parents. If you can fight for your country, why not be able to drive? What point does that make? Just as many accidents have occurred from adults. Do not punish all of the kids for the few who made mistakes driving...think of all the other drivers. HIgh school students...what is senior year without driving!!!!
  • D.J. (View Email) on May 10, 2006 at 5:23 PM
    i dont think the age needs raised but just with more restrictions. i would rather have more retrictions rather than someone lose their life.
  • A.J (View Email) on May 13, 2006 at 4:29 AM
    Ithink that they shouldn't raise the age to 18, it would be a complete chaos, i'm 16 and with liscence and i still remember how much i needed it, i work and its just a relieve having a car and just being more independent, i dont rely on people to do everything for me, maybe there are some immature drivers, but it would be wrong and completely unfair to punish the majority of kids for something that a small % do.
  • MC (View Email) on May 16, 2006 at 3:29 PM
    I am over the age of 18; held multiple jobs sence then. It is in no way necessary but more of a luxury to have a driver lincense. My jobs vary from 12 to 30 miles away. I have a truck and I have no care to get a driver licenses. I walk to most of where I need to go to make plans ahead of time to carpool with other people and pay them in return. Its understandible that teenagers think they are getting the raw end of the deal since they are the only ones being affected. I for one calulated our percent of the population to the percent of accidents. Its unfair to others for us to remain on the raod.
    However if we don't practice at a certain age will be essecially going on the road with same experience as if we were 16 then when we are 18. I disagree but for the more meaning of this is logically correct.
    With what little thought I exposed here I beleive it would further benifit others if middle aged teens didn't drive. Life will go on trust me!
  • L.C. (View Email) on May 25, 2006 at 3:41 PM
    I think that raising age and adding restrictions is wrong. How would every who has their lisence now feel if they were takin away before they even got them? More teens live than die when they get their lisence. People die! Get over it!They only point out that teenagers make wrong decisions about driving safely. What about adults? Adults are just as likely to eat or talk on a cell phone as teenagers. And when people graduate young from highschool (at the age of 17 like i will) what will they do for college? Their Parents cant take them to college everyday and provide their transportation. And what about jobs and athletic practice for school? Most teenagers who are in highschool and have jobs or after school practice drive themselves to and from there. It puts strain on parents. This new law just makes life more complicated for everyone....
  • timothy (View Email) on June 24, 2006 at 12:33 AM
    how old do you have to be to get your perment in the state of kansas
  • Dawn (View Email) on June 30, 2006 at 12:52 PM
    I am 26 years old. I did not get my license until I was 18. I think I am a better driver for it. I don't think the teens posting on here understand what the law actually is. You would still be able to obtain a permit at 16. If you do have a job and your mother is unable to take you, you can obtain a special needs license that will entitle you to drive only to work. I agree with most of you that teens need more practice driving. That is exactly what we want to give them. We just want to do it in a safer suprvised way.
  • Ashley on July 5, 2006 at 12:34 PM
    I don't even think 13 year olds should even worry about driving!!! You have 3 years!! Don't worry about it. I think if you really need a car get one, but if not don't risk other people's lives on the road just because you think the streets belong to you. I'm a month away from being 18 and still do not have a car. I'm getting one pretty soon, but i think you need to grow up and become more mature to drive a car.
  • jenn (View Email) on July 8, 2006 at 2:26 AM
    can someone take there road test if they dont have there permit? let me know as soon as you can thank you in north carolina
  • cody (View Email) on July 23, 2006 at 8:49 PM
    hey i dont think its fair that they are even thinking about changing it to a year i have to wait and all my freinds born in 1990 are getting theres. i have to wait a year bc i was born in 1991 and i dont think its fair but i guess its ok
  • gaby (View Email) on August 9, 2006 at 7:03 PM
    i completely agree with what you are saying. i was in a fatal car accident with a teen who got road rage,which was the cause of the accident. i think stricter driving restrictions should be implied. teens need stronger boundries to keep them safe. for the teens who post comments worrying about not getting their liscence and being rude proves that they are not mature enough to handle the responsibility of driving. i think the age should be raised. teen deaths have increased and accidents have as well. its for our own safety. and i am a teen im 16 and have my liscence, yet i still agree it should be raised.
  • Spawk (View Email) on August 29, 2006 at 5:20 PM
    I'm fourteen, I am a little upset about this new law, but I do truly agree with it. It is sad how many immature people out there will drive without obeying the law and think its fun! It's idiotic! I can cope with the law, but like I said, I totally respect it's point and value. But, like everything else, it will only take a while to get used to it. Thanks for thinking about the innocent people's safety!
  • Big Jew Money (View Email) on October 19, 2006 at 11:45 AM
    I think 8 year olds should be able to drive just so long as they are competent and have had their naps and are no longer groggy. I don't understand why people have such harsh driving restrictions regarding the most trivial subjects. Penalty for driving without a seatbelt! Madness! I have been driving for just about 35 years and have used my seatbelt not once in those years. I am right, and no Congressman or Delegate is going to tell me otherwise.
  • adam miller (View Email) on December 18, 2006 at 4:38 PM
    Whats the earliest that i can get my permit in PA.

    P.S. thanks i was born in 2-5-91
  • A Pissed Off 17-year-old (View Email) on January 5, 2007 at 10:30 AM
    Oh, yeah. I definitely think that a law that would cause a higher degree of punishment for teengaers would keep car accident rates down. (SARCASM). In all honesty, increasing the driver's age requirements is going to do absolutely nothing more than piss off the 16-17 year old population. 14% of crashes are caused by teens. Woohoo. So the 86% caused by ages 20 and above are just going to go unnoticed? 5,600 teens were killed in drunk driving accidents that were probably not even caused by them. What this article SHOULD be asking is "If the age was to be raised, what would it actually do?" Somehow i doubt it would save teens.
  • ann (View Email) on January 17, 2007 at 12:39 PM
    I must say that its unfair for you to higher higher the driving, when it isn't even going to do anything. ALl teenagers need is more experience and more practice, to understand whats goes on, on the road. But just higher the age is just going to do nobody any good, just cause more problems.
  • Nicky (View Email) on February 1, 2007 at 1:33 PM
    I agree with everone else. How are we to become more experienced drivers if we cannot have the experience of driving! It is simply preposterous that they are thinking that making the age limit higher. All that is going to do is make teens angry and then they will rebel and drive anyway. So I personally do not see the point in it.
  • Jeff (View Email) on February 2, 2007 at 11:34 AM
    I think this is a great article
  • egy (View Email) on February 6, 2007 at 1:44 PM
    Well this driving license problem has one very clear solution. Raise the age for getting a driving licenseto 18,yes ,do it. But then the government have to provide strong and large city traffic,and not just have buses in large cities,but also have buses which go further away from them...so kids can take bus to school and also to their after school activities whenever they want,so there will be less accidents happening, also parents will not have to pay for insurance,high insurance and take their kids everywhere...and the problem is solved...gosh how easy...just think more when you are trying to solve something ...
  • Teen In Texas (View Email) on February 20, 2007 at 4:02 PM
    Why try to raise the driving age to 18?? Not ALL of us are irresponsible...Some of us actually value the privelege of being able to drive (legally) and don't want to mess that up...Why would we?? Being able to drive gives us more freedom. I understand trying to prevent accidents from happening, but that's why the government keeps throwing restrictions at us when we get our licences at a young age...No driving with more than one minor and so on...Why not just give us more restrictions instead of trying to take our ENTIRE driving privelege away COMPLETELY?? I'd rather be driving abiding by the rules and be able to do what I want when I don't have any alternate transportation that be stuck at home all the time. What do bored teenagers do??? Get with their bored friends and cause trouble. If they don't have anything to do, then they're going to FIND something to do. Giving us access to a car will help us go places, like local hang outs or something. If my friends and I all drove, we'd be picking up our ONE minor that we're allowed to have in our cars and go to the movies, or bowling.
  • Erica in for a project on February 22, 2007 at 6:08 PM
    Well, I am doing reaserch for a project in my english class. We are sopposed to choose a topic for persuiasive essays and i ran into this website. Teens are so concered around about the age of 14 when they can finally turn 16 and get to drive. All they care about is getting a car and some of them don't even fully care about their driving skills. Now some of teens who turn 16 and get to finally drive are responcible and should have the preivlige to drive. But the iresponcible kids shouldn't get their permit until they learn responcibility. I don't nessicerily think that they should raise the age limit but the parents of their 16 year olds should be more careful to teach them. I am a 13-year-old still learning how to not act when my sister does stuff shes not sopposed to. Of course she is totally into the fact that the driving age is 16 because she is 16. But i dont think she thinks about the dangerous stupid kids just waiting to get drunk and later get in a car and either drive or get into another car with someone whos drunk. Some teens don't care about themselves enough to care about there safety.....so kids and there parent should be more careful about when they let their 16 year olds drive.
  • darrin john (View Email) on February 28, 2007 at 2:19 PM
    I think raising the age is bad it should not be raised. Just cause of the acceidents doesnt mean it should be raise.parent need to raise thier kids better and it will make an improvement
  • Alyssa (View Email) on March 2, 2007 at 5:14 PM
    I think the driving age should stay 16. Give us more schooling and help. That might help..since we are so in experienced.
  • whitney (View Email) on March 12, 2007 at 9:03 AM
    im 14 and i think that the restictions of driving are only to help ourselves but really suck!!!!! but i have to respect the fact that the people of the country want to protect us.
  • christine (View Email) on April 9, 2007 at 7:44 PM
    im only 13 but i think restrictions are good just not raising the driving age.A lot of teenagers are irresponsible but that doesnt mean you punish all of them.Some parents need there kids to be able to drive thereselves places because they don't have the time.Some restrictions that the law is making like if your 17 and lower or what ever are good because most teens try to stay out really late and then they end up drinking and then driving but they don't think about the consequences well thats my opinion some people may not argue but certain restrictions are good i even have one at mind.They should have the 3 strikes your out rule where if you been caught doing somehting wrong like staying out past curfew or drunk driving then you get a strke and they keep it on record so that then if you screw up and get 3 your the one getting punished and not all of the teens well thats my opinion so well bye hope who
  • zach (View Email) on April 9, 2007 at 11:00 PM
    ok heres the deal i am a thirteen year old that lives in texas. i already have a job and my brother will graduate this year
    soo i will no longer have a job because i have no ride my parents are divorced and myu mom is a single mother soo there is no way i will be able to gett a ride to and from work every day right after school.

    i do not think that the driving age should be raised to 18 i personalyy think it will cause chaos with the 15 year olds that already have there permits and the other kids that already have jobs.

    is there any way i might be able to get my licence early seeing as how i have a job and i am in my situation?

    reply back asap please.
  • Jennifer on April 13, 2007 at 11:48 AM
    I am tired of you hypocrites.. just because you got your licene already the you want to come tell us who haven't got ours yet that it's okay and we'll get over it..well did you remember when you got you licence.. how much you wanted it? well yea we have feelings and needings too.. so if you are previledge with it when you was 16 we should be allowed too! that is the only fair thing i hear about this disagreement!
  • scott (View Email) on April 14, 2007 at 10:09 PM
    so is the law that you cant get your licence until your 18 if yoiu were born after 1990 becuase i do not get this i am only 12
  • morgan (View Email) on May 28, 2007 at 10:14 PM
    umm im turning 15. so does this mean i cant get my permit until im 17?
  • Chelsey on June 8, 2007 at 4:20 PM
    all i have to say is not all teenagers are a danger to the road. that is what we call discrimination. i'm 16 years old; i just got my license in march. i've never been pulled over, never been in an accident, & i've never put another person in danger because of my driving. 16 has always been the age to look up to; we can't wait to get our licenses & be able to do what we want. driving is indeed a privilege & everyone should understand that, not only teens. if everyone thinks teen drivers are dangerous, what about adults over 21 who drink & drive? i hear a lot of sayings, "if you drive drunk, you will pay." or something like that, but i've never heard of that actually reducing the number of drunk drivers. i am a responsible 16 year old girl, i get good grades (a's & b's), i've never got into trouble, i have a job, & i know which things are more important. i know there are more teens like me & raising the age is unfair to us. my idea would be to keep the driving age to 16 & instead of punishing all teens as a group; maybe you should revoke teen's licenses AFTER they have crashed or violated a law. then you would be punishing individuals by their own mistaks & not punishing the teens that are responsible. & yeah, i know what you're thinking, "what if the first time the 16 year old new driver gets into a wreck, they crash into someone else & cause deaths?" i think that if everyone was aware of after getting in a crash once, they lose their license, teens would be more careful on the roads. that is my input on the whole thing. i hope a logical solution comes up.
  • Sam (View Email) on June 16, 2007 at 3:30 PM
    I am 15, And i am not saying this because i want my licence but i don't think the age should be raised. I totally understand its for protection but if we take the test then we have just as much right.
    Also because all the rules of driveing are fresh in their mind they will be better drivers them 35 year hold who have been driving their whole lives, but forget the right rules.
    Secondly, because its the day that we've been looking forward to our whole life most of us don't take it for grantit but in stead are extremly carful.
    Thirdly, their are alot more adult driver who get into accidents. So why is it that for every 3 teens who get into an accident we ALL get punished. I think you should just take that ONE persons licence away. Instead of ruening every teenages dream of driving, Because we all differnt and we all deserve a chance.


  • stephen (View Email) on June 22, 2007 at 10:34 AM
    I am 15 and i think that raising the age would be a good idea becouse of all the accidents.
  • mike (View Email) on July 16, 2007 at 2:46 AM
    I have a question i'm 19 year old and have my Provisional License what rules apply to me while driving under a Provisional License
  • markie (View Email) on July 19, 2007 at 11:35 AM
    i am 14 and i think the age should be lowered for permit and highered for the licence
  • Massachusetts (View Email) on July 30, 2007 at 10:02 AM
    Half of you can't even spell what you're saying. How do you expect adults to listen to your argument when you sound like an upset fifth grader?

    Yes the age is being raised for our protection, but I don't think it's completely right.

    Although many teens act irresponsibly when they first get their license, does it mean that all of us do?
    No, it does not. I don't think that because some teens feel the need to act rashly and hurt themselves and others, all of us should have to suffer. I think people shouldn't get chance after chance. That's the problem. Not the fact that they're young.
  • fdsjlka (View Email) on August 25, 2007 at 10:30 PM
    im 15 years old.
    gettin my licence in a year.
    i take drivers ed 2ed semester this year
    i think that insted of putting all these restrictions on us that once ever 1 2 or 3 months we should just have a drug test
    so you know ho is driveing responsible
    if we did that i be we would have fewer accidents or kids that have been intrrouble for underage drinkg should have a breath thing installed in there car and there car will not be able to start unless it shows up as 0.00
  • MICHAEL (View Email) on October 7, 2007 at 9:29 PM
    hi,i was wondering something...ive never had a learner's permit but im about to be 18 years old in a month..is it possible for me to walk in a DMV place in North Carolina and get my license without proof of past or present learners permit when im 18 years of age..?
  • Kayla (View Email) on November 11, 2007 at 8:03 PM
    Hey Im 18 years old and I have had my learners permit for about 10 months now! I was wondering can I go to any DMV in Maryland and get my license without goin to driving school,But finish my 60 hours of supervised driving?
  • charlie (View Email) on November 16, 2007 at 9:34 AM
    this artichle is horrible
  • charlie (View Email) on November 16, 2007 at 9:36 AM
    i read the article this time insted of looking at just the picture the article is some what good
  • jose (View Email) on November 20, 2007 at 1:46 PM
    this article is awsome for teens to not drive
  • Monkey (View Email) on December 14, 2007 at 3:05 PM
    I think that teen drivers should have restrictions because they just finished drivers ed. so they haven't had a lot of practice on the road
  • Andrea (View Email) on March 28, 2008 at 5:04 PM
    Hi, I am a mother to three. I have a daughter that is getting ready to go to high school. She's 14 I don't like the idea of this law. I think if they lower it atleast to 14 1/2 it would be better because if they get their permits at 14 1/2 they can get more practice on the roads because you can not drive with a permit unless you have a adult in the vehical with you. So if they can get their permits at 14 1/2 they will have more practice before they get there licences and get on the road there selfs. Also their going to be getting jobs soon and their going to have to drive to get back and fourth to work. Write back and tell me what you think!
  • Lori (View Email) on June 23, 2008 at 2:17 PM
    I think the driving age should remain the same, however, restrictions should be enforced. If your teen does not follow the rules as they apply to curfew, then they should not be allowed to drive. As a mother of an irresponsible teen (17) who doesn't feel he needs to obey his curfew, I feel his license should be taken away and more months should be increased in order for him to receive his full license. This is not to say that there are not responsible teens; it should be judged and enforced on an individual basis.
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