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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Kestrel

Lowell, MA

#323 Nov 30, 2010
Miss Concerned wrote:
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yes, but not all teenagers are capable of driving and following the rules as you say. i am turning 15 soon and even i believe it should be raised, only because i don't believe that all of the teenagers can handle being behind a wheel. it might be safer for all of us on the road.
One point -- you cannot get a license without your parentís permission. So, if a parent believes their teen is not responsible enough to get a learners permit -- shouldn't that be the decision point rather than making the rules conform to the lowest common denominator? If you feel insecure about driving -- do not force fit everybody into a model that fits your world. Lower the age for a learners permit and allow time for teens to get several years of supervised practical driving experience.
Kestrel

Lowell, MA

#324 Nov 30, 2010
Frank wrote:
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The first two years could be all in the classroom. They could learn about basic driving skills, and watch videos of examples of tings to avoid while you are driving. Also, they could be taught the basics of automotive mechanics, like how brakes work, and what the engine and transmission do.
Im not suggesting that 13 1nd 14 year olds be taken out to drive. There are hundreds of hours of discussion and instruction that would benefit these young drivers. Right now they only get a fraction of that.
How about a two week course on tailgating and how to avoid it? And an in-depth study of merging, and how a merge situation is NOT supposed to be an opportunity to pass the car in front of you.
All the stuff that you hear people complain about could be addressed in more depth BEFORE these people get on the road.
2 years of classroom... you have got to be kidding. A two week course on tailgating??? They do not need more classroom time! They need practical supervised driving experience. Lower the age for a learners permit to 14, have drivers ed as a short course in high school (not real teachers -- compete the contract and have a student fee). This will give teens at least 2 years of practical driving experience (through several seasons) before they are eligible for a drivers license.
Jake Young

Hingham, MA

#325 May 24, 2011
screw that, I know this was a while ago but they need to lower the damn age! 18 to get a full drivers licence... wow, I'm 16 and my parents started to complain and stopped driving me places when i was 14. most of the kids my age only have the problem of rowdy behavior while in cars with their friends.. but i mean 18.. come on just because some people drive irresponsibly doesn't mean we all have to suffer.
Ricky Tornado

Brookline, MA

#326 May 30, 2011
Obviously 90% of the argument against are idiot children desperate for their license. Raise it to 18, at least then if they screw up, and they will, it's their own responsibility, not their parents.

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#327 Jun 23, 2011
yep

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#328 Jun 23, 2011
Raise the age lower insurance premiums!

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#329 Jun 23, 2011
Or just let em drive at 10 with no license! YEAH! THATS GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD! So my son can drive my drunk ass home from chuck e cheese!

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#330 Jun 23, 2011
hell kids should be able to drive!

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#331 Jun 23, 2011
yep they should!

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#332 Jun 23, 2011
No seriously if they do raise it then they need to offer an icentive for making the kids have to wait and they need to make some kind of license for old folks drivin hoverounds in traffic its one thing to take the sidewalk but another to be in the carpool/bike lane on your hoveround haha

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#333 Jun 23, 2011
Ive been dtuck behind the hoveround so many times its terrible. Ive even saw a train of old ladies riding to walmart on thier hoverounds they meet up and the park and go for a ride to walmart lol I commend them for getting up and out since they cant walk to the store anymore but dont hold up traffic to go with your girlfriends to get a ball of yarn and some new crochet needles! SUCKS!
flippydeedoo

United States

#335 Jul 2, 2011
I love to see 20 car pile-ups at the intersection of Pleasant St and Tewksbury High. Give 14 year old kids licenses too. That way I get to see more serious, life threatening accidents after school days.
flippydeedoo

United States

#337 Jul 2, 2011
MeLikeBenzos wrote:
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No doubt caused by a guy your age rubbernecking to check out some jailbait schoolgirl ass...
Maybe new drivers should go to magician who can use his magic wand to grant them their wish of magically having several years of driving experience despite not having any.
An inexperienced driver is an inexperienced driver, 16 or 18 I doubt would make a difference.
I don't care one way or another, Sporto. As long as there is some devastating collisions I am pleased.
Tony Montana

Woburn, MA

#338 Jul 3, 2011
bob dole wrote:
we r cabibale of driveing u bitch
What is the literal translation of this???? Possibly one of the dead drivers from Florida....WOW!

Hukt awn fonix werkt 4 me!!!
kiven

Raleigh, NC

#339 Nov 4, 2011
itz crap to drive at the age of 18 . i think they should make it 16 so we can drive :)
Public Citizen

Malden, MA

#340 Nov 4, 2011
16 should be left and if your on a farm then 10 years old.
Ron

Billerica, MA

#343 Nov 6, 2011
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.
Sick of Public Citizen

Malden, MA

#344 Nov 6, 2011
Who cares !
Public Citizen

Malden, MA

#345 Nov 17, 2011
No !
Common denominator

Cambridge, MA

#346 Jan 15, 2016
theHYDROcode wrote:
No seriously if they do raise it then they need to offer an icentive for making the kids have to wait and they need to make some kind of license for old folks drivin hoverounds in traffic its one thing to take the sidewalk but another to be in the carpool/bike lane on your hoveround haha
The age making a person eligible to drive or purchase tobacco products or liquor or vote, should mirror the minimum age which must be reached in order to serve in the military.

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