Monday, October 1, 2007

Car Accidents: Will raising the driving age help?

A great deal on discussion always focuses on whether raising the legal driving age really helps in reducing the number of car accidents. But, do teenagers really cause more accidents due to poor judgement? Would limiting the hours in which they can drive and the people with whom they can drive improve the situation? In other words, are teenagers more likely to have car accidents when they are with their friends? What is the legal driving age in your country or area? Please share your ideas on this topic. I'm interested to hear how different cultures view young drivers.

Randall

96 comments:

Ivan said...

If to be honest I envy you. You have problems which we haven't. And not because we have no problem, and our problems are worse. Concerning the rule of the rode our country (I'm from Russia) is like a wild safari.

Ares said...

The legal driving age is 18 in Taiwan,but it's not a big help to reduce the car accidents.The keys are the road planning and self-control of driver.The top 1 reason of car accident is drunk-driving here and top 2 is improper planning of road here.
And.......Too crowding here.

Anonymous said...

For my opinion, i think the age is not important if the person is already aware of danger of driving and pay attention when he drives.

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, the problem is how we get the permission to drive. Differents countries have differentes rules for it, but it's very important the development of a hard knowledge control about driving.
regards,
J. Argentina.

sach said...

In my country, Japan, people of 18 and over can get driver's licenses. At times I hear about terrible car accidents caused by young people with their friends. I think the rule should limit the age that can give someone a ride. Because sometimes they become so excited about driving because of the new experience even if they don't have enough skill.
The accidents caused by drunk- drivers had been increasing, so that the new rule says if you do drunk-driving, because the plice do the spot checks on the road, you get fined a lot of money for it. I feel it was effective. People are careful about it much more than before.

yenchi said...

In my country- Viet nam - an developing country. Everybody uses motor as the principle engine in transportation. According to the lastest monitering of experts, the age level cause accidents the most is teenager. Especially, the teenagers who don't have enough age to drive motor. In my judgement, raising the driving age will help reducing sort of accidents.
In some situations, people that they drive with can influence the driver and can cause accident. For instance, when a group of young friends going together, they might be excited to raise the speed and that is one of the reasons to make accidents. Or when you driving with your parents, if you driving so fast, the parents cann’t allow you to drive with that high speed. So, you have to drive very carefully.
In my country, the legal age to drive the motor is 18, and with oto, you must be more 21.

musiccat said...

In Taiwan, the legal required age for having a driving license is 18. We also have teens' driving problem. In my opinions, regulating who and when of teen driving could improve situation. Some other things we can do are education teens. It's always a tough,time-consuming, and long-term task to do. Once the notion be told all the time around teens, it helps to eliminate many potential dangers. Also, I am interested the concept that whom sitting with a driver could effect his or her driving. For example, friends in a car could ask you to cut in the line or speed up. Drivers need more confident to insist on things he or she supposes to do to keep safe.

Asiyat said...

The legal driving age is 18 in Russia,but I think it's rather low. I consider that it should be put up to 21, because at the age of 18 people still can't realise the danger they undergo when they are breaking road laws. As for limittig the hours in which they can drive,it's not a bad idea,but restricting the people with whom they can drive is ridiculous from my point of view.

Anonymous said...

Raising the driving age should surely help prevent accidents. Every rule has its pros and cons, but in my personal opinion with age comes important qualities that of responsibility and maturity. Ofcourse the course of action against rising rate of accidents can only made possible if the parental guidance and traffic regulatory authorities play efficient roles in an individual's life. In India, my country of origin there are cases of underaged driving calamities at a rise. The only lesson to be learnt is that if proper guidance and enough time to groom be given to any evolving individual, accidents can notice a steep decline

rider said...

I think driving age is the best. But teenage drivers drive dangerous. Everyone should be more careful.

advanced esl class said...

Eventhough teenagers know driving laws and rules, they tend to have peer pressuer to race or speed while driving. These behaviors easily cause car accidents. We recommend that they discuss their driving behaviors in the classroom in order to reduce car accidents.
Naomi. Olena....

advance esl said...

In Singapore and Hong Kong they do not allow bribes; because the political system is very goog and everybody obeys the rules.
Quee, Samuel, Maribel and Hugo.

advanced esl said...

I think that life styles have changed and teenagers now are less responsible and aware of their acts. They should be driving a car when they turn eighteen years old, not less.

Steven feng
Dosangos Marieiro
Cyril Diakhate
Fredy Zielke

advanced esl said...

In our home countries (Mexico and Germany) the legal age of getting a driver's license is 18. We agree that a person at this age is old enough to realize the responsibilities of driving a car. People under this age tend to drive without being aware of dangerous situations. We also agree that raising the age over 18 is not convenient because a driver's license (especially if you live out of the city without public transportation) is very important to be independent.
Luz, Pilar, Regina

advance esl said...

Teenagers tend to drive carelessly, they often have the radio on very loudly. It makes a thunderous noise, especially when they carry passenger of the age.
Most teenagers who just got their driver's license are lacking driving experience. They frequently don't pay attention to the motorist or the pedestian.
Chanthima, kay, Kina, Mary and Tammy

advanced esl said...

In my country, it takes a day and costs $10 to practice and take a test on the driving rules, but if you pay $30 to the official it just takes 30 min. to get the driver license. (Lie Lan Ho,Indonesia)

sabar said...

In Indonesia, for get the legal driving licence you must up 17th. You must pass the exam, theory and practice. But it's not easy to pass on them. Everybody, need more minimal 3 times be succesful.

They (police officier) allways say that's you're not good enought yet on driving. But, if you give them money to their pocket, you might even not to do that exams. You've got your licence...Just simply stupid like that ha...huraaaa !

Lie Lan Ho.. you're really right. It's useless for age limiting or other rules on our country... very corrupts

Anonymous said...

in my country you have to be sixteen to drive i know it is young. But i don't think raising the driving age will help, because its a question of self control cause many adults are having accidents every day due to speeding or alcool....

Anonymous said...

I think that raising the age for getting the driver license would be good, because most of the teenagers go crazy driving a car and most of them aren't responsabe.

dukhwan said...

In Korea, it is possible for those who are over 18 to take the exam for drivers license. I believe that people at this age is able to drive with responsibilies and obey the road rules. For decreasing the accidents and casualties, the first on to be gotton rid of is drunkdriving. This must be spotted on street by the police strongly and the punishment need to be enought to force them not to driving drunk ever since.

Anonymous said...

in my view raising the driving agfe would also contribute to lessen the car accident since, I bellieve that the older one are wiser enough to tacle the different apects of proper driving unlike the young ones whore are tend to be more careless and improdent, although not all but still there are many situations that the younger ones are the reason of car accident, some of them are seeking for thrill and do not even bother to what may be the consequencies, as of those illegal car racing.

Anonymous said...

In Italy,as in many other countries, you can start to drive a car when you are 18. However, some speed limits are lower during the first three years of your driving licence. For example, normal speed limit in highways is 130 km/h, but not-experienced drivers cannot exceed 100 km/h. That's the law, but obviously it is easily breakable, because it is not possible for the police to know directly, when checking the speed of a car, if the driver is a "3-year-old-driver" or not and you can't stop him to ask for his licence, unless he is running over 130 km/h, but then anybody would be fined, not just the neo-driver!
Nevertheless, several accidents are caused by high speed and by driving while drunk: this is a big problem, especially on Saturday nights, when many young people coming out of discos put themselves at the wheel in really poor physical and emotional conditions, endangering not merely their lives (it would be their own fault) but also others'.

saeed4535 said...

in my country Saudi car accidents are due to many reason in the top of it, is speed . the legal driving is 18 .it is true that teenagers are more likely to have car accidents than any group of people . but currently the government legalize a strict rules to prevent those teenagers from killing themselves.

Anonymous said...

In a way yes if maturity comes with ages then i believe raising the age limit on our drivers will atleast avoid minors who has slow judgement in tragic situations like accidents will be avoided but we have to look at it in a broader perspective it is not just low judgment that affect our drivers behavior on our roads,stricter rules regarding intoxication should be applied so that no person under the influence of alcohol or drugs will be on our roads because this substance is i think are the common causes of accidents on our drivers, minor or not.

fedvik1515 said...

I believe that age of driving is a necessary restriction for the youngest .One reason is they influence each other and sometimes convince each other to inappropriate behavior. It is a psychology stage for teenagers to follow the peer's pressure and it is a normal.So risky attitude directly follow to accidents.But I found a some interesting system in Alberta (Canada) for all people who have not had driver experience before indipendentfrom age .You can't drive alone for for One year, after that you only obtain prohibited driver license.So I understand the logic of this law, But I don't agree that all people start to study driving in a young age and they need almost two years for developing full driver skills.I came from city where I did not to need to drive and for me stages system was really inconvenient.

Anonymous said...

I'm Mexican. In Mexico the age to have a permission to drive is at the age of 18. By the way, when you have 16 you can have a provisional permission if your parents are responsibles for you. I think that the problem is not the age to drive, the problem is if the person is mature and responsible. Sometimes you can have 20 or more and you are an irresponsible person that you can do a lot of problems.

MiloSackvile said...

In Brazil, the legal driving age is 18, and i think it is correct because when you are 18, you are more responsable, and if you do something wrong, you will be punnished.

Lee K.J. said...

In my country, Korea, people of 18 and over can get driver's licenses.
In my opinion, it could be dangerous to let teenagers drive. They don't have a lot of experiences about driving, and getting a driver's licenses doesn't mean "Can drive safely"
Even if the driver is a car racer whose age is under 20, he/she could put people in jeoperdy.

big said...

"Car Accidents: Will raising the driving age help?"

NO WAY

Jee Make said...

I live in Ivory Coast and I'm currently passing my driver's license. In my country, people can have the license since the age of 18. the procedure is simple, you first pass your road code examination and after 20 hours of checked driving you pass an examibation for the driver license. there are 5 categories of license wich are from A to E. The most used is the B type wi=hich allows you to drive cars and some cycles... wish me q good luck for my examination which will take place at the end of the month!

Igor'ov said...

In the Moldova you can get drive's license since you get 18. But anyway some teenagers under 18 joyride around the town to show others that they are adults already. This is just one of many road accidents reasons. A lot of people drive their cars when they are drunk.

rolasipasiji said...

I'm Indonesian person..
In Indonesia, it is very easy to get Driving License...
Now, I'm becoming Australian people..in Australia, the rule of driving is very good...speed limit and another else..
I hope Australia, Indonesia and another countries can be better to make a rule for driving..
Because, by it, it make the driver and the passenger and another people around the car can be safer.

Anonymous said...

In my country,VN,the top 1 reason of car accident is drunk-driving and the top 2 is over speed.

M. Iqbal said...

It may help to some extent. However, the most important philosophy that needs to be inculcated in every one is "Safe Drive". Parents and teachers may start coaching the children even before they attain the age of 18.

Anonymous said...

Hi Randall:

First of all, congratulations for your wonderful work. I don't have words to express how important your site is for an english learner like me.
So, keep on and never stop.

Well, the reason of this post is the association between the expression "traffic ticket" and such a thing like an "car insurance". In my country, off course there is a legal obligation to have a car insurance, in order to respond for damages against people potencially injured in car accidents. But there is no relationship between fines(multas) and car insurances.

Another type of car insurances are those which you purchase from private companies, normally more expensive than the others that i've mentioned before, but i haven't heard they give cover as for traffic ticket.

So the deal is this:

Maybe, a traffic ticket is not referring to or is not equal to a fine ticket, and that is the cause of my confusion.

Please, could you make a comment about this?

Sorry if my explanation was something confusing too, but I am an spanish native speaker.(Actually, I live in Santiago de Chile)

Thanks again for your site Randall.

Markusv

Russell said...

In Taiwan, people over 18 can start getting driver's license, and I think it's not too young. Because many accidents here were caused by some people who don't have licenses.(Either they don't pass driver's exam or their licenses were revoked due to some serious violations of the laws.)
The Government should take serious action to punish those bad guys.

Anonymous said...

Hello everybody.

In my country the legal driving age is 18. There are 4 category of driver licences: A, B, C, D. You shoul choice which one you want to get. Studing continues for 3 months for every category. After finishing driver cources you should pass 2 exames:theory and practice.
The price of stydying varys in my coutry from 700$ - 1000$ it depandes of region, city, and prestige of the school.
Whell, I can't say about special cources for ladies, which have place to be. I think that ladies have much thinks in their head and sometimes they need special explanation about how to concentrate on the road.
To say more such couces are very populer in my city.

Also if you want to go to the other country by car you should confirme your licence and translate it in English in special departments.

I wish everybody to be care on the road.

Helen.

mashhour said...

In jordan, you can't get a driving licence till become 18 years old, and it begins as a temporer license that can be withdrawn any time, if the laws are violated, also for each kind of vehicle, there is a special license, actually i would rather if they make an amendment to the age act and make it 21 at least, because the majority of car accidents occur due to youth irresponsibility.

Anonymous said...

Hi every body!
in fact, the rate of accident causing by young drive have been increasing dramatically in all type of transportation because of lacking of their caution while driving. the main poit here is publishize all safe ways of driving and the level of danger when accident happen.

Anonymous said...

In my country, Vietnam, the legal driving age is 18. But there are a lot of teenagers whose the age is less than 18 use motorbikes. This turns out to increase accidents. But that is not the only reason. Some other reason causing accidents are driving in drunk situation and falling asleep. It also because of the bad traffic system. The surface of streets here are not flat because of frequently spading. So I think raising the driving age is not the full solution. Besides, we have to make a strict set of rules and forms of punishment. And the government should concern about improving traffic facilities. However, whether reducing traffic accidents or not depends on awareness of every individual.

Anonymous said...

It’s not that different in my country. Teenagers, until eighteen, cannot drive in any circumstances. And now, in accord to new regulations, they won’t be able to drive out of the cities or in big highways and stuff. This was an important measure taken by politicians to cut back on accidents or imprudence for some drivers. For being young, most teenagers are far to understand some principles, which can guarantee a good behavior in the traffic. Most of them are heedless, worried about amenities, and because of that cannot focus on basic points. Anyhow, this is just the beginning for the ideal. Older people can cause accident the same way, as well as drugs and drunks. Everyone knows that, and politicians should punish them more precisely.

Anonymous said...

In France you can drive with your parents beside you for 2 years from16 years old until 18 years old.
You can pass your driver's licence after a couple of months spent in a "car-school".
Then you can drive on your own, but for 1 year you are considered as a young driver without any experience so the speed is limited.

daossa59 said...

As I could read, in most of countries the legal driving age is 18. In Colombia is the same, though you can drive at an early age with a special permission and under your parents responsability. I think that car accidents aren't produced by young drivers but by drunk ones. In the great mayority of Colombian traffic statistical reports, the main cause of car accidents is to drive under alcoholic effects.

pegah said...

Hello Randall.First thank u for your wonderful web page it's really helpful. I live in Iran. legal age for beginning driving is 18 in my country. I think age isn't important for driving because when you have enough power because of your job or relation you can drive as fast as you can and there is no law for you.It makes people very irresponsible so we are number 1 in accidents.

Anonymous said...

Well the age must be at least 18, but the main thing is that youngsters should be under parent supervision in their initial years of driving. More over the youngsters themselves should also pose themselves mature enough to drive on their own.

Anonymous said...

In my point of view, youngsters should be under parent supervision in their initial times of driving. More over, youngsters should also pose themselves as mature enough to drive on their own

Shamoon said...

According to the law,a person is only eligible to drive when he/she has a driving licence.Therefore ,if a person has finally got a driver's licence than he/she is capable of driving.

shamoon said...

A person is usually old enough to drive at the age of 18.I believe that the best way to avoid car accidents is to have full self control.Age doesn't matter as long as a person is a careful and a confident driver.

hassan durrani & kumail raza. said...

In Pakistan most of the people are driving without licence.In our country the legal age of driving is 18 but we suggest our government to reduce it and do it to 16,because in pakistan most of the boys are also driving under 15 which is very risky for them and they dont hear their parents and
hhad great accidents in their life.

Anonymous said...

people shouldnt allow to drive car before getting licence.because it would go risky.
should drive safe.
should follow the traffic rules.
people shouldnt use cell phones while they are driving.
or if they are feeling tired or drowsy.
dont take risk to drive.

MEF said...

in my opinion, i could say that in my country chilethe laws for get a driver licence are very precarious, and you can get you driver licence at the age of 17, i think that this age is ok, but the people that start to drive at that age generally doesn't have a good preparation. in our experience, we have a lot of car accidents because de irresponsability of young people.

A.-

cristian said...

I guess it's all about responsability and that is something you can not learn in a driving course, you get it from home and from the valued you learnt from your family. Life is a gift and can't be cast away for an excessive consumtion of alcohol. The governments in defferent countries can pass new laws and restrictions, but it is absolutely impossible to control everyone on the road. In my country car accidents are the main cause of death despite all the laws and restrictions. I insist, responsability and respect for others are the key to solve the problem.

MEF said...

drunk driving is bad but driving with problem family is more complicated as more dificult are concentrated so one people must think than when take a vehicle are his hand a responsability very big with yours life and other life.
the best is drive when haven´t none problem.
The life is beatiful so respect it

Franco said...

In my opinion a good way to reduce the car accidents is to do a strong driver’s education, before to obtain the driver license and, of course, to do a more exhaustive test with a psychological evaluation. With this, probably, we could prevent that a potential driver will be a danger in the street.
Franco, Chile.

MEF said...

In my country, the penalty for the drunk Driver, are little. This a reason, because, the drunk driver are irresponsibility.
The drunk driver is the principal reason of accident in Chile and the world, is for that, the punished must are strong.
Ass well, since child must exist a culture of driver, not only in the family, if too in the school, to rest whit coursework of psychologist and responsibility and show the damage. Could be to cause.
by Diego

Cristian S said...

Drunk driving is bad but driving with problem family is more complicated as more difficult are concentrated so one people must think than when take a vehicle are his hand a responsibility very big with yours life and other life.
The best is drive when haven’t none problem.
The life is beautiful so respect it

I think is preferable loss a few minute for think if a good moment for drive or no, and after when are driving, the most important is respect the rules and the authorities of the street.

Never must talk for cell phone is a good recomendation

rachel said...

Not with more fines or more rules, it will reduce traffic accidents.
With increased publicity and education to teenagers could reduce the recklessness on the wheel.
The advertising campaigns in internet help to development conscience between the teenagers, because they always have connected. Like this, I think that the traffic accidents could reduce it.
The pedestrians too have fault in cause to traffic accidents, because they (we) are imprudent when they to go for a walk in the street and not respect the signposting.

roy said...

Exceed the speed limit is the number 1 cause of dead in Costa Rica. The number 2 is the drink. But now in my country the law is very hard with motorists who drive drunk. His car is taken by the goverment and never is returned and the person could go to jail from 2 to 3 years. Nevertheless the last month of 2009 more than 300 cars were confiscated by the goverment and motorists were sent to jail because they were driving under the effects of the alcohol.
I think that course to drivers before getting licenses should be more strict and also authorities should put in practice a psicological test to evaluate if the person have not only the ability but the respect for other motorist and pedestrians. If they do not approve this psicological test I think they should wait at least 1 year and do the test again. When they finally has passed this test, they could continue with the practical test.

Nathália said...

Nowadays we have more car accidents than a few years ago and this situation get me worried when i am driving my car in the street.

First of all there is a discussion about the best age to drive and get a license. In my country the determined age to drive is eighteen and i agree with this. I think that a person with eighteen years old has maturity enough to drive.

In addition, i think that raise the driving age will not decrease the numbers of accidents, because the problem is the education and the ausence of punishments instead the right age to drive.

Furthermore, in most cases the accidents are caused by drunk people, younger and older.In fact, i believe that this occours because the punishments are low for drunk people who drive.

To sum up the problem is not raise the driving age. Firstly we have to educate better our people and secondly the punishments must to be more effective, because with hard punishments the people will think twice before driving in inadequate conditions.

ady saavedra said...

i think that most of the accidents are caused by teenagers and the legal driving age in Mexico is 18 but you could get a permision if you´re younger..and i don´t think that the age is helping to reduce the car accidents, because sometimes or always you can drive without a licence and almost always the accidents happens when the teenagers are with his friends and they´re drunk or just playing..
but also there´re teenagers that are very responsable and drive carefully and do not cause any accidents, so it´s difficult to generalize the car accidents..

juan pablo said...

In my opinion, the problem is how we get the permission to drive. Differents countries have differentes rules for it.

j. gomez

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, this activities were very good, and it also helped me to practice my English, very good work!

Att: Mario Cardenas

Anonymous said...

IN my opinion some teenagers are more respensible than adults, so they should not increase the age for having a licence they should make campaigns (for adults and teenagers)for being more responsible at driving.
A. Otero

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, there are many problems for getting the legal licence.In my country people need 18 years or more, if they are younger they need an autorization of their parents. In other countries it is different it depends of the country.
J.G.G

a. otero said...

In my opinion some teenagers are more respjsable than adults. They shouldnt increase the age for having a license they should make more campaings (for adults and teenagers) for driving in a more respsonsible way.
A.Otero

Anonymous said...

trhis exercise was so good, because I learn about the driving licince. In my opinion, the problem is how we get the permission to drive.

Anonymous said...

Obviously,this rule helps a lot because maybe if everyone could drive,the number of accidents would increase a lot. So this rule helps to decrease the number of accidents but obviously this is not enough.
D.C
Colombia

Anonymous said...

In my opinion, the age does not increase car accidents, car accidents happen when the drivers get drunk or are drowsy, also its the experience the drivers have while the car is on the road.

Oscar Santiago said...

I say that is the same if a 16 age person drives and if an 18 age person drives. Nothing will change is only to teach teenagers how to be responsable in the road and if their parents control them. Also, audults are the ones that have more problems driving because some drive drunk.

Anonymous said...

I think there is no problem with teenagers driving but I think that when you go to take driving license, you have to be conscious that you must be responsible from now on. Because if you are drunk or drugged, you cannot drive. To drive is to have the enough responsability, and knowledge about the rules.

Mafe said...

In my opinion not only teenagers caused accidents but also adults. It is better not to drive drunk or drowsy because it can be dangerous and it can caused and accidents.

natalia said...

In my opinion is important to limit teenagers about how many time they can drive because they can get tired or sleepy and they can cause a car accident

Anonymous said...

yes, because beeing 18 or more is better because you are more mature about how many times you can drive and about road rules.

Anonymous said...

i learn that the most important thing of having a licence car is the responsability also our age is important because if wehave and accident and we are less than 18 the paresnts will be responsable because of that

Anonymous said...

in colombia, we can get the drivers license at the age of 16.
yes, there are some different types of licences to drive different types of vehicles because you need a special permission to dive them.

natalia said...

yes because our age is important because of the responsability we have. but it does not reduce the car accidents. it all depends on the driver`s control of the car and his or her attitude.

Anonymous said...

Our country variate in the characteristics of the way of driving:someones are good, someones are like canivals. it is like a jungle
PD: i am from Colombia

mafe gonzalez said...

I think that some teenagers that get their license are no real prepare, in my cuntry you can get the license when you are 16, and I have not see a lot of driving schools, soo I think that the problems that happen in the streets is because the bat preparing.also the people that give this papers and not only them all people in the world is bored and they only do things because they have to do it but not because they want, soo this distraction can also be a reason.

juannn said...

I dont think the same that you think becsuse all the people can have car accidents but I recognize that the teenagers are more irresponsible that an adult are.

daniela said...

I think the teenagers could have accidents because when they drive a car they could be doing things like talking with cellphone, listen loudly music or drive very fast so the teenegers could have many accidents.

luks said...

In my opinion,I think that teenagers are so dangerous in the streets because they are only knowing how to drive, and the rules they put will function or will not it is diferent in each country.
Lucas of Colombia

Anonymous said...

I think that that problems are because the people who drive is bad prepared, in my conuntry i haven't see a lot of driving schools, and most of the people who drive in my country now learned because his parents.

Anonymous said...

Here in Colombia the legal driving age is 18 but the teenagers dont cause too many accidents as the drunk adults (or the guerrilla). Here the people can drive the time they want, they can drive with the people they want but in the driving test they have to be, also, driving with the teacher. There are not too much rules, only the basic ones but with some regulations that the trafic officers have been doing the accidents have decreased.

daniela said...

I think the teeneger could have many accidents because when they drive a car the talk with the cellphone, they listen music very loudly and they drive very fast.

Anonymous said...

I think that the problem of the traffic accidents is bad habits and I also think raising the driving age will not help because also old people causes traffic accidents that sometimes causes a bigger tragedy.

Anonymous said...

First of all, congratulations for all your amazing work.

We must follow all the rules to have security for ourselves and also to others in the road.

Teenagers should specially be more careful and the beginners in this topic, take care of their lives ! and by the way, you save others life too!

Nathália said...

Nowadays there are a huge number of car accidents and people are worried about if could be better raise the driving age to help.

Firstly, I think that raise the driving age will not help because the problem is about the level of education that a society has. In fact, the solution could be educate better our kids in the traffic to improve the drivers.

In addition, the punishment for traffic accidents are very low and because of this people do not be afraid about the punishments. For this reason, I think if the punishments are stronger people would think twice before make something wrong.

Anonymous said...

IVONNE , MEXICO

Mexico has a lot of problems with car accidents, because the people drink a lot, one month ago the Alex Lora´s daughter ( mexican singer) crached with a van and this struck a telephone box and killed a man. she is on prision now and only has 22 years.. but the age wasn´t the problem the problem was the alcohol... this is my first opinion in english i hope don´t have many mistakes ...

cao si said...

hello, i'm living in Vietnam. In our country, there are not many cars like in developed countries. However, many car accidents have also been happening, especially accidents of coaches - the car carring passengers. Whenever the luner new year (the traditional new year of easten country) comes, millions of people from big cities come back their hometown. Therefore, at that time the drivers control their coachs running very fast in order to have the next voyage as soon as possible. That reason causes a lot of accidents every year.

I hope that our country will upgrade the train system to reduce the pressure on coaches and have more trict ways to reduce this proplem.

parisa said...

im parisa
i think driving in younger age not only increase the number of driving accident but also it causes more awareness of driving because the cautious more old drivers pay the more number of driving accidents.
in my country the age of getting drivers license is 18 and dont cause problem more then the older one.
for curbing the number of driving accidents the increasing punishment and investigating the other factors are so important.p

Anonymous said...

Teenagers are immature. This means that a great deal of prevention should be implemented to help them be aware of the dangers to which they are exposed when driving. However, I don't think that teenagers are, by definition, responsible for accidents on the road. It is imperative that drivers, regardless of their age, abide by traffic signs. To ensure that traffic signs are abided by, penal law should be enforced as a punishment.
I therefore think that people should not jump to conclusions. Anyone having a driving licence is supposed to know to drive. On the road, discipline is important. In other words, the road is neither a place for racing nor a place for drunk driving. Because what is at stake is people's lives; and it would just be awesome if no one would die in a car crash on the raod.

jean-louis said...

I think the key issue is drunk driving. It's punished quite hard in my country (France). Young people can loose most of the points of their driving licence in case of drunk driving. Maybe it should be more severe. But the best way to prevent accident is to fight against alcohol in society (i-e ads, movies...)

ms.curly said...

In my point view, everyone exactly teenager should follow the rules of driving to save him/herself and others from the rick .

Anonymous said...

I think raising the driving age is a good thing some people are not mature enough to drive when they are 16 for instance they drive a bit foolishly and they are not aware of some dangers or the other pepole on the road ..

Anonymous said...

hi.my name's ola.nice to meet you.all my friends and family back in syria call me olaya .well. i have three sister and four brothers.it is big family .i'm the younger of my brother.my father is a commercial .it is hard job .but he works hard to support the family my mother works at home and works at the garden

Louis said...

It may help, but the fact of the matter is that for most families, having their teens able to drive themselves can be very convenient. We just need to do a better job educating our children on the dangers of distracted driving and impaired driving.

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