ENC_1102_3 - Exum 1 Sabrina Exum Dr. Holly Elliot ENC 1102...

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Exum 1 Sabrina Exum Dr. Holly Elliot ENC 1102 14 April 2011 Would a Change in Driving Age Really Prevent The Accident Rate? At the age of only sixteen, Robert Norway of Fleming Island, a small suburb outside of Jacksonville, lost his life driving along County Road 214. According to the local police, Norway was excessively speeding during inclement weather around 8:00pm and ran off the road into a utility pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene and the passenger, Kyle Ploe, 17, was in an injured condition but released from the hospital later on. Both boys were members of my high school’s football team, but we would never see Norway catch another ball at a home game or see him walk the halls during the school day. He was gone forever; only because he made the same mistakes as many other young drivers do, which is getting behind the wheel of a car without experience. It’s pretty much common sense that teenage drivers have the most crashes and fatalities per crash amongst drivers, but there are many solid theories and reasons to support why teen drivers are at higher risk of crashing than others and why car crashes remain the leading cause of death for this age group as stated by Progressive Auto Insurance’s teen driving safety analysis and tips. The driving age needs to be increased to at least eighteen years of age. The first years of driving are the most important years, and a teenager’s lifestyle, mental development, and attitude are major factors as to why teen drivers are more at risk of crashing. As reported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s youth risk behavior surveillance summary, teenagers tend to underestimate or even lack to ability to recognize dangerous and
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Exum 2 hazardous situations in general, let alone driving hazards such as rain, rush hour traffic, or sharp turns. This means teens won’t be likely to slow down or keep a long enough headway, which is the distance from the front of the driver’s vehicle to the car in front of them, and can easily hit the car in front. Teenagers also tend to drive with other teens, lacking driving supervision by a responsible and experienced adult. Because they don’t have this necessary supervision to ensure safety they are more likely to become distracted and crash. Even though the legal drinking age is twenty-one, twenty-five percent of drivers ages fifteen to twenty who died in a car crash had a blood alcohol level of 0.08 or higher according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) teen driving facts sheet. These levels correspond with the lifestyle of many teens. Many teens go to parties where alcohol is being served and don’t care about it being illegal to drink. They then get behind the wheel and drive or ride with someone who is driving under the
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