Group calls for higher driving age

Group calls for higher driving age

There are 16 comments on the Baltimore Sun story from Sep 10, 2008, titled Group calls for higher driving age. In it, Baltimore Sun reports that:

Dennis Williams, 16 , Rebecca Stollof, 18, Sam Scheltema, 16 and Ameet Luhar, 16, think about what driving means to them.

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Since: Sep 07

United States

#1 Sep 10, 2008
I have to echo a previous comment, Of course New Jersey 16 year old fatalities are lower - they don't allow them to drive. Also, comparing auto dependent USA to transit friendly Europe is a non starter. We built the auto dependent mess and we have to live with it. Raising the age is dumb on so many levels. Please people, don't let fear run your lives.
Southern MD Joe

AOL

#2 Sep 10, 2008
yes lets just blame the kids or Ehrlich..
It's time for MADD O'Malley and his flunkies to go.
Driver

United States

#3 Sep 10, 2008
I say make it a requirement that they graduate from high school. Present your diploma to the MVA to receive your license. No diploma = no license EVER.
Jimbo

Fort George G Meade, MD

#4 Sep 10, 2008
RavenKen wrote:
I have to echo a previous comment, Of course New Jersey 16 year old fatalities are lower - they don't allow them to drive. Also, comparing auto dependent USA to transit friendly Europe is a non starter. We built the auto dependent mess and we have to live with it. Raising the age is dumb on so many levels. Please people, don't let fear run your lives.
Thank you. Raising the driving age in America is just going to raise the number of fatalities in the other age groups. Raise it to 17, you're going to see those fatalities move right on up along with it. Just like drinking age, this is one area where I agree that Americans are just too stupid to figure out how to do it right. Besides, the driving laws in European countries are so much more strict and aggressive (on the Autobahn, you can be arrested for driving in the right lane too long or passing in the left lane, here, you're just supposed to get a ticket, and that's almost never enforced) it's no wonder they have fewer fatalities. Their cars aren't even allowed to have cup holders because you are not allowed to have excessive distractions in the vehicle, and trying to drink your cup of coffee while doing 80 in a 55 is definitely distracting. Cell phones get on my nerves too. I have yet to see a driver that could talk on a phone and pay attention to what is going on at the same time.
Reader

Laurel, MD

#5 Sep 10, 2008
Driving is a privilege not a right. I say raise the driving at to 18, 19, or 20! We'll conserve oil; reduce carbon emissions; increase highway safety; and lower insurance rates! The benefits outweigh the impact on teenagers' "freedom".
Surf52

Baltimore, MD

#6 Sep 10, 2008
Driver wrote:
I say make it a requirement that they graduate from high school. Present your diploma to the MVA to receive your license. No diploma = no license EVER.
OK, no let's all come back to the real world.......

All this would do is create a huge pool of unlicensed drivers.
Steve

Washington, DC

#7 Sep 10, 2008
Raising the driving age is a false solution. What we really need is a good driving renaissance of all ages; where drivers from 16 to 86 pay attention to the road, don't fiddle with iPods, cell phones, or their dayplanners, and make sensible decision. If you (or your parents) don't think you are capable of driving at 16, you shouldn't drive. Likewise, if you are 86 and you and your family are having second thoughts about your abilities behind the wheel, you should come up with another plan for transportation. Instead, we have a highway system full of me-first, hurry up and get nowhere drivers that creates a hazard for people of all ages.
Surf52

Baltimore, MD

#8 Sep 10, 2008
Reader wrote:
Driving is a privilege not a right. I say raise the driving at to 18, 19, or 20! We'll conserve oil; reduce carbon emissions; increase highway safety; and lower insurance rates! The benefits outweigh the impact on teenagers' "freedom".
Driving may be a privilege, the need to be a certain place at a certain date and time is not. Since 16 to 19 year old who now drive themseleves will have to be ferried, oil consuption will basically double as they are dropped off, their drivers return home and then return to retrieve them. Highway safety, which is generally, a function of miles driven, will also drop, given the additional miles required. Savings on any front will be neglible, if any.
camel

United States

#9 Sep 10, 2008
Solutions validated by data: raise the driving age and lower the drinking age.

And please, stop giving free publicity to the ex?-politician who has a quote for every occasion. Maryland is rich in public health expertise- tap someone else.
Reader

Alexandria, VA

#10 Sep 10, 2008
I agree with Dr. Beilenson that the current Maryland system provides the opportunity for parental involvement which we should encourage. We should consider the driving age issue along with the drinking age issue. Perhaps if we allowed our children to drive supervised at 16 and then drink supervised at 18 they might be much more prepared for the real world.

Supervised drinking at 18 could include a drink while dining out with parents or allowing parents to provide a safe place for their kids and their friends to drink. This will eliminate some of the "drink really fast to get drunk before we get caught" game that happens every night. I would much rather have my son and his friends safely tucked into my home while they are learning how to be responsible drinkers. Why is it that we think we can just turn our children loose in this world of adult responsibilities without showing them a good example of how to actually be responsible?
Bill Clinton

Baltimore, MD

#11 Sep 10, 2008
Reader wrote:
I agree with Dr. Beilenson that the current Maryland system provides the opportunity for parental involvement which we should encourage. We should consider the driving age issue along with the drinking age issue. Perhaps if we allowed our children to drive supervised at 16 and then drink supervised at 18 they might be much more prepared for the real world.
Supervised drinking at 18 could include a drink while dining out with parents or allowing parents to provide a safe place for their kids and their friends to drink. This will eliminate some of the "drink really fast to get drunk before we get caught" game that happens every night. I would much rather have my son and his friends safely tucked into my home while they are learning how to be responsible drinkers. Why is it that we think we can just turn our children loose in this world of adult responsibilities without showing them a good example of how to actually be responsible?
That's how I raised my kids. It actually works. 15 and 13 not one problem along those lines. Very, very responsible.
Bill Clinton

Baltimore, MD

#12 Sep 10, 2008
Let's try that again:

That's how I raised my kids. It actually works. 25 and 23 not one problem along those lines. Very, very responsible
Driver

Hunt Valley, MD

#13 Sep 11, 2008
Surf52 wrote:
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OK, no let's all come back to the real world.......
All this would do is create a huge pool of unlicensed drivers.
No - no diploma, no license - FOREVER AND EVER until at least a GED is received AND there is no criminal record. If you're caught driving w/out a license, jail time. You broke the law, pay the price.
Surf52

Baltimore, MD

#14 Sep 11, 2008
Driver wrote:
<quoted text>
No - no diploma, no license - FOREVER AND EVER until at least a GED is received AND there is no criminal record. If you're caught driving w/out a license, jail time. You broke the law, pay the price.
Yeah, that's working real well with illegal aliens now. Get real. Besides, judges will never enforce it.
drake donnell jones

Crawley, UK

#15 Sep 30, 2008
hi cheryl i love you
orlando

Ocean City, MD

#16 Oct 21, 2008
Driver wrote:
I say make it a requirement that they graduate from high school. Present your diploma to the MVA to receive your license. No diploma = no license EVER.
this makes doesnt really say much to me. i am currently doing very well in school. but for the people who wont get their diploma will need there license the most because they need a good job without a high school diploma, also if they want to do good wont they need to get tutoring which they would drive to?... Also driving has been on my mind for a long time and im not the only one.. if our parents were driving when they where 16 i think its right for us to be able to drive when where 16.it has been a tradition for a wile and im surprised that u would try to take this from us. I think they should just become more strict on driving tickets. In addition to that we (teenagers) have jobs and that teaches us responsibility and we will need cars to get to our jobs, and im not really looking forward to pulling in to the high school parking lot with my mom in the passengers seat. If we would have to drive with our parents for 2 years for our permit then kids would get very tense and when they finally do stop driving with their parents they would want to be more free and want to speed which will cause more accidents.

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