More than likely everyone has seen the commercial for All State Insurance with the cars driving on open country roads full of teens doing normal things, with I miss you by Lifehouse playing in the background. Then the voiceover comes on and says Every year nearly 6,000 teenagers go for a drive, and never come back. No one ever wants to think about losing a loved one. However, unfortunately, according to The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, teen driver crashes are the leading cause of death in our nation's youth. This affects the general population overall because even if it doesn't affect you directly, it could be someone you know, anyone around you.
[...] The last point that is going to be made today is a physical aspect among teenagers in today's society. The final point I am going to argue is something that wouldn't necessarily cross your mind as a threat to a driver, but is actually another leading cause of teen accidents. “Drowsy driving,” as it's termed. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration states that researchers have found that being awake for 18 hours is actually the equivalent to having a BAC of .08, which is legally drunk. [...]
[...] Putting your life, as well as your passengers' lives into your own hands is a complicated enough responsibility for an adult to handle, let alone a young teen. Decision making is also greatly affected when there are distractions present in a situation. Another reason why I believe sixteen year olds should not have a license is that the distractions present in a vehicle are too overwhelming for them to handle. Obviously, high school aged teenagers are not going to be driving alone when they get their license. [...]
[...] Trying to throw in the responsibility of safe driving is just too much for a still developing mind and body to handle. It is much more reasonable for someone who has more time and time management to fully learn and understand the rules of the road and get the adequate practice before getting their license. In conclusion, after examining the facts and statistics from the psychological, social, and physical aspects of a 16 year old, it is obvious that it would be much safer for them, as well as others to raise the driving age to 18 in the state of Illinois. [...]
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