No changes to legal driving age passe...

No changes to legal driving age passed yet

There are 137 comments on the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin story from Mar 22, 2008, titled No changes to legal driving age passed yet. In it, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin reports that:

Question: We have heard conflicting reports from two insurance representatives concerning the possible change of the driving age here in California.

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pennywinkle

Rowland Heights, CA

#121 Sep 7, 2009
Desiree wrote:
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I'm 13 too. If they change the law, every minor will be devastated. It really doesn't help that you are calling us brats because if you were our age, you would be fighting for it too. Adults are the ones who are rushing all the time to get from one place to another and they are reckless drivers as well. I doubt you guys even understand what goes through our minds when we get our license. You think we're going to cause all of the accidents; why would we intentionally attempt getting hurt? All we want is our freedom. With some driving lessons and studying we would be able to drive just as well as any of you adults can, probably even better because we don't have to run many errands. We should be allowed to be responsible for our own actions. Us kids are the future.. Eventually, you all are going to have to trust us, regardless of whether you like it or not.
Oh, and if your child is driving under the influence, blame yourselves. Some of us were raised in good homes who taught us better than that. I know, and I'm sure Kate does too, to wear a seatbelt, not to speed, and not to drink (especially when driving).
No one is say teenagers cause all of the accidents. They do cause alot of them. Just because you "take lessons and study" doesnt mean you will be a good driver. You say you need the practice. Risking the safety of others isnt the answer. You can have your freedom when you are old enough to be financially resonsible for your actions.

Since: Mar 09

United States

#122 Sep 7, 2009
Desiree wrote:
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I doubt you guys even understand what goes through our minds when we get our license.
Of course we do! We were at that age once too. A stupid comment like that, doesnt help your fight.
Desiree wrote:
<quoted text> You think we're going to cause all of the accidents; why would we intentionally attempt getting hurt? All we want is our freedom.
Yes....unfortunately, teenagers WILL cause accidents. car accidents are the number one cause of death among teens (ages 15 - 19), accounting for 40% of all deaths in this age group. Amazing how many teens think they're "invincible". Many of us have thought that too.

Desiree wrote:
<quoted text> With some driving lessons and studying we would be able to drive just as well as any of you adults can, probably even better because we don't have to run many errands..
Sorry, "studying" and "lessons" will not make you a better driver. Will they help? Sure!. But EXPERIENCE, is the key. Any one can be a bad driver, even after years of driving. But, all the studying in the world won't make up for experience. Driving in a straight line is much different than what you'll experience. Blow outs, hydroplaning, over steering, judging speed and distance, safe speeds on a turn, etc... all come from years of experience, not a text book.

Desiree wrote:
<quoted text>We should be allowed to be responsible for our own actions. Us kids are the future.. Eventually, you all are going to have to trust us, regardless of whether you like it or not.
But you see, it's not just you who is affected by your actions on the road. Your passengers, other drivers, and pedestrians are affected by you, and your judgement while driving.

Bottom line is, yes adults cause accidents, and are careless too. But the statistics show, that driving is the number one killer of teens. And it comes down to their choices, and experience, which is little to none...
Maddi

Los Angeles, CA

#123 Nov 4, 2009
Hussie wrote:
They started by implememting the "Cell Phone" ban while driving, which will prove useful...But, they need to take it further with some of these spoiled brat teens...
I don't believe that all teens are incapable of driving at 16, but I do believe that all are irresponsible at 16...
All teens are not irresponsible given a lot are but they sould not puish all 16 yr olds for that also you are implying that they will be more responsible when they are 18 starting colleges going to 3 parties a nite getting drunk under age w/ no parents... really they sould be taught the dangers of a car before so that they wont be as stupid in college as tey would be.
Maddi

Los Angeles, CA

#124 Nov 4, 2009
kate black wrote:
please dont change the law. i know im only 13 and this little comment wont matter at all... but that would be the worst thing that ever happeded! i have 2 older brothers and i cant imagine there high school life without cars!also thats not fair and just to change the law for us when everyone older then us have all ready gotten there license at the regular age 16. if u did change the law this would just cause kids to rebell and drive very late in the night and steal there parents cars and stuff. is that really worth it? you should let us learn for ourself and let us take responsibilty for our own actions. please please please DONT CHANGE THE LAW!!!
I aggree with everything except about your comment not mattering because you are 13. Im 14 & i know what it is like to have you fell like your opinoins don't mateer and although many belive this is true it is not. I know many people who are around my age and are wayy smarter and more logcal than people in office. Age sux you are to young you are too old I wish age didn't matter but your actual knowledge and oppinions. Like Martin Luther king said "I have a dream that one day my four children will be judged not by the color of their skin but the content of their character" Only about age and not race. Keep fighting for your rights!

“Don't like the rules?...Leave”

Since: Mar 07

Denver, but on pause...

#125 Nov 4, 2009
Maddi wrote:
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All teens are not irresponsible given a lot are but they sould not puish all 16 yr olds for that also you are implying that they will be more responsible when they are 18 starting colleges going to 3 parties a nite getting drunk under age w/ no parents... really they sould be taught the dangers of a car before so that they wont be as stupid in college as tey would be.
"Teaching" teens about the risks associated with any given activity has NEVER stopped them from pushing the envelope...In fact, it is more often the cause of further rebellion...It's not that teens are incapable of grasping the concepts, it's simply a matter of maturity and wisdom...
Based on your poorly written post, you've a very long way to go before you should be allowed behind the wheel...By your argument, we shouldn't issue drivers licenses to anyone under 21...You've lined out many reasons why youth and driving don't mix, so don't get upset when those who are old enough to vote make the decision for you...
Now, I would suggest you brush up on your English and Spelling skills so you can make it out of Middle School, and leave the serious business to us adults...
read a book

Westminster, CA

#126 Jan 9, 2010
Hussie wrote:
Like I said, until "teens" can be the ones who are held accountable, both legally and financially, for their actions, the driving age should be 18...If they're speeding, driving while on their cell phones, driving intoxicated, or simply careless it's the parents who get sued, not the kids...No matter how "responsible" we raise them to be, they all pull stunts when we're not around...
You generalize all teenagers in California to be careless and spoiled that "worship" criminals. How about you get your head out of your ass and stop making such blanket statements about an entire population.

“Don't like the rules?...Leave”

Since: Mar 07

Denver, but on pause...

#127 Jan 10, 2010
read a book wrote:
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You generalize all teenagers in California to be careless and spoiled that "worship" criminals. How about you get your head out of your ass and stop making such blanket statements about an entire population.
HaHaHa...You're funny...But you won't change my opinion, which was formed by observation...
rachel cedroni

Lincoln, RI

#128 Jan 27, 2010
im 15 and live in rhode island. at 15 and 10 months you can start drivers ed 33 hours and then get your permit at 16. 6 months later(at 16 1/2) you get your licence .. i heard they are changing the law to 17 or 18 for your licence if born in 1994. i was bron in 1994 and this upsets me. im going to college for my senior year at high school and i also have a job. there is no way i can wait until i am 17 or 18 to get a car. in just one short year i will be in college as a working citizen. if i dont get y licence my plans for the future are shot. it is not fair to watch my sister have her licence and not be in colege and have to sit around in my dorm with no means of transportation. she got her licence in florida (no drivers ed ,on 15th birthday go to the dmv get your permit , 1 year later on your 16th birthday get your licence) . you gain a whole 6 months more driving experience that way. i dont understand why rhode island doesnt do that.
rachel cedroni

Lincoln, RI

#129 Jan 27, 2010
fyi,i am very very upset if this law gets passed .

“Don't like the rules?...Leave”

Since: Mar 07

Denver, but on pause...

#130 Jan 27, 2010
rachel cedroni wrote:
im 15 and live in rhode island. at 15 and 10 months you can start drivers ed 33 hours and then get your permit at 16. 6 months later(at 16 1/2) you get your licence .. i heard they are changing the law to 17 or 18 for your licence if born in 1994. i was bron in 1994 and this upsets me. im going to college for my senior year at high school and i also have a job. there is no way i can wait until i am 17 or 18 to get a car. in just one short year i will be in college as a working citizen. if i dont get y licence my plans for the future are shot. it is not fair to watch my sister have her licence and not be in colege and have to sit around in my dorm with no means of transportation. she got her licence in florida (no drivers ed ,on 15th birthday go to the dmv get your permit , 1 year later on your 16th birthday get your licence). you gain a whole 6 months more driving experience that way. i dont understand why rhode island doesnt do that.
Sorry Darlin', but no one ever said that life is fair...Considering the fact that your English skills are at the primary level, at best, I'm glad that you cannot get your license yet...If you can't spell or read at an adult level, you have no business behind the wheel...
BlackPanther

Sherman Oaks, CA

#131 Mar 5, 2010
Changing the legal driving age to 18 is pointless, even though they are legally adults an 18 year old isn't much different from a 16 year old, except maybe the fact that the 18 year old probably engages in "adult" activites more frequently. This is just another way for older white men to discriminate and put young people down most likely out of jealousy, or hatred of what their childhood used to be. Let's face it society hates kids and if this law passes it will only prove my point. Down with the white race! And to hell with the institutions that try to belittle minorities, children, and science.
BlackPanther

Sherman Oaks, CA

#132 Mar 5, 2010
Ronald Reagan was Satan and all religions are cults that need to be exterminated.
BlackPanther

Sherman Oaks, CA

#133 Mar 5, 2010
I have the right to do whatever I please and that includes driving a car.
benjamin casillas

Denver, CO

#134 Mar 8, 2010
LACEY LARA wrote:
WE SHOULD CHARNGED THE DRIVING AGE TO 18 CAUSE 16 YR OLDS ARE 3 TIMES MORE LIKLY TO DIE IN AN AUTO CRASH !!!!!!
well first off all im only 15 but geuss wat 16 year olds are 3 times more likely to spell "change" the rite way
brittney

Lafayette, LA

#135 Jun 13, 2010
this wwould deffinatly effect me, i'm only 13. and im loking at cars.. everytime a car comes on the tv my eyes are gluedd!! i would just be devistated if we got punished for what people that are 16 now, doo. i mean were not them, why not give us a chance and see how it goes? i know im not a bad driver.i just hope and pray that the driving age doesnt change. that would judt end my lifee. i keep telling myslef "only 2 more years, JUST 2!!" but, if that changes i dont think i can wait!
none of your business

Baytown, TX

#136 Nov 9, 2011
For those of you who think the driving age should change to 18 are ridiculous. Do you remember going on your first date? Driving to your frist football game? How would you have liked your mommy driving you to prom. I have 2 wonderful and responsible children. How are they going to get their frist job? If they graduate highschool earliy how are they going to get to college everyday? For those of you that are complaining about how the driving age should be an age where they can be accountable for thier actions so their parents don't have to be are not only playing it safe but causing parents more misery. I would rather have faith in my children that they have been raised right and will choose right and deal with the conseqences then to have to drive them around until they are 18. I want them to practise being men before 18.
Connor

Plymouth, MA

#137 Jan 2, 2012
Guys, no need to change the law! And stop being mean to Kate; she's right! Maybe they could make the tewt more comprehensive.

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