Sep 12 2008
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety wants to raise the minimum driving age and keep teens from getting their licenses until they are 17 or 18 years old.
The groups reports car accidents are the leading cause of death for teenagers and are calling on states to raise the driving age.
The push comes after research from New Jersey where deadly crashes involving teens have went down after the driving age was changed to 17.
While it may be bad news for teens anxious to get behind the wheel, one man tells KFOX he agrees with the concept.
“I was 16 at one time too, and I would have been totally against it, but now that I’m older, knowing what I know there is a lot more they are going to learn–especially if they get into their accident and loose their life then they won’t learn anything,” said Jesse Salado.
According to the National Highway Administration 16 year olds are 10 times as likely to be involved in an accident compared to drivers 30 to 59 years old.
Texas Accident Attorney Stephen Johnson