Is The Driving Age In MA Too Young?

Is The Driving Age In MA Too Young?

There are 327 comments on the CBS4Boston story from Mar 27, 2006, titled Is The Driving Age In MA Too Young?. In it, CBS4Boston reports that:

Driving is a sign of independence that most teens can't wait for, but is 16 1/2 the right age to grant that privilege?

"I know when I first got my license, I shouldn't have been driving," said ...

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Lock em all up

Watertown, MA

#347 Jan 20, 2016
Ron wrote:
Too young for sure. Kids are not as mature as they used to be. Raise the age to 18 unless they can prove emplyment. First speeding ticker six month loss of license $500 dollar fine. 2nd? 2 year loss of license $1000 fine. 3rd...lifetime loss of license. If caught operating while suspended 2 years in prison.
Are you employed in a for profit detention facility?
Common sense
#348 Apr 21, 2016
Nina wrote:
i think that is age raising thing is a load of crap
poeple dont get that in all of the accidents that happened, manly wasnt the teens fault
it was mostly the fault of "responcible adults"
i want them to keep it the way it is becuse the raising the age wont make the driver more experienced
so it wont matter
i think more time behind the wheel will make all the difference
The unelected bureaucrats on the Saugus board of health recently mandated that, unless a person reaches the age of 21, even if that person walks into a store with the Medal of Honor draped around his or her neck, he or she cannot legally purchase a pack of cigarettes. That person can vote, drive a motor vehicle or even join the military in order to protect the lives, freedoms and possessions of these board members. In fact, at age 18, males MUST sign up for selective service under federal law . Yet, however, in our commonwealth young folks, if they wish, can motor around on our streets and highways in a vehicle of their choice. Think the tax laws are complex? Try to make sense of these, among other, inconsistencies.
C-dog

Medford, MA

#349 Apr 29, 2016
18 years old with high school diploma or G.E.D. That's how you fix it!
Hypocrisy personified

Watertown, MA

#350 Apr 29, 2016
Common sense wrote:
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The unelected bureaucrats on the Saugus board of health recently mandated that, unless a person reaches the age of 21, even if that person walks into a store with the Medal of Honor draped around his or her neck, he or she cannot legally purchase a pack of cigarettes. That person can vote, drive a motor vehicle or even join the military in order to protect the lives, freedoms and possessions of these board members. In fact, at age 18, males MUST sign up for selective service under federal law . Yet, however, in our commonwealth young folks, if they wish, can motor around on our streets and highways in a vehicle of their choice. Think the tax laws are complex? Try to make sense of these, among other, inconsistencies.
The state senate recently passed a resolution by a vote of 38 to 2 that requires a person to have reached the age of 21 in order to buy a cigarette in the commonwealth of Massachusetts. These solons, however, wouldn't hesitate to send members of our national guard, or any male for that matter, ages 18, 19 or 20, into harm's way in order for them to protect the senators lives or "precious" possessions. Imagine a combat veteran walking into any establishment selling tobacco products with the Medal of Honor draped around his neck being denied the opportunity to make a purchase. If anyone agrees that these are shameful circumstances, call your state representative and state senator to see how he or she has voted or will vote. In the governor's case, inquire as to if he intends to sign this proposal into law.
Wondering

Tyngsboro, MA

#351 May 8, 2016
David wrote:
Raising the age is nonsense and will accomplish nothing. It would be nice if recklessness and carelessness dissipated with age, but unfortunately that is not the case. There will always be some reckless people out there and that is a risk that all of us must accept every time we drive on the road. Raising the age just discriminates against young people and inherent in doing that is the assumption that older people are more responsible behind the wheel which is ludicrous.
Insurance rates discriminate against young people.
Anyone using a cell phone while driving should lose their license for a mandatory 10 years.
Right of way

Watertown, MA

#352 May 9, 2016
Jennifer Yergeau wrote:
It isn't the age of the driver in any case. There are 16 year olds who are very capable of operating a motor vehicle. It's a dispute over responsibility and experience. Even if you move the driving age to 20 years old, those drivers won't have had the experience necessary to drive. It's a learning process. The reason 16 year olds get in more accidents is beacuse they don't have enough experience behind the wheel, but changing the age isn't the solution. Perhaps more drivers education onroads? In theory, there are elderly people who don't even have to take another road test to get their license, just an eye and reaction exam to have it renewed. Should they be behind the wheel of a car? Not all. It is also a matter of responsibility and caution of the driver. There are irresponsible drivers in all age ranges that drive recklessly. It's not just new drivers.
Sadly, there exists among us folks like you who are constantly engaged in a campaign to seek out and discriminate against the those who make easy targets to blame for the ills in our society. To subject a particular group for "special" consideration, in your example elderly drivers, while excluding everyone else from additional testing for license renewal, is shameful indeed. Thank goodness your hero, Senator Joyce from Milton, has had a light shone upon him outlining his questionable activities and has "decided" not to seek re-election. When will folks like you learn that in our democracy all people should be treated with equal dignity and respect? History is replete with examples of those civilizations who agreed with your thinking. Conversely, if you look hard enough, there are places today where residents agree with your views. Find one. Join them and leave the rest of us alone.
EverettCitizen

Everett, MA

#353 May 10, 2016
The age is just right. Young people need transportation to work, school, etc. And parents have to pay more for insurance yearly [about 3,800]. And there are all types of rules when they are licensed, hours of operation, number of passengers, age of passengers, etc. . It not like the old days when you got your license, you could drive to California. And it keeps that age very busy and out of trouble, working to buy a car, working to pay car insurance, etc. If they have an accident, or don't follow the rules, the license is history.

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