Increasing the Age of Licensure

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On June 2011, three teenage boys were killed in a car accident near Raleigh, North Carolina. Sixteen-year-old Austin Flowers was driving along with his friends Lane Meyer, sixteen-year-old and Matt Speight, seventeen-year-old after a church event Sunday night. WBTV News reported that the driver, Austin Flowers was driving 129 mph. Austin lost control over the speed and crashed into a tree. All three boys attended Wake Forest-Rolesville High School. Matt Speight was set to graduate and would have turned eighteen that week. The funeral for all three boys was held in Raleigh area (“3 NC Teens...” ). On December 2012, sixteen-year-old Kacie Chamberlain and Daniel Underhill were killed in a car accident in Orange County, North Carolina. Two other teens who were in the vehicle with them were seriously injured and hospitalized at Duke University Hospital. According to officials, the truck they were driving in lost control and hit a tree. The troopers said that speeding and not wearing seat belts were main factors in the crash. Families, friends, and classmates were devastated over the loss of the two high school juniors (“Two Teens Killed...”). Motor vehicles accidents are the leading cause of deaths for teenagers in the United States. According to Vivian Hamilton, “Car crashes kill more teens each year than any other cause” (1). In 2010, seven teenagers from ages 16 to 19 died every day from motor vehicle crashes. In 2011, approximately 1972 young drivers, ages 15 to 20, were killed in motor vehicle crashes (Facts About Teen Drivers”). The age of which a person can drive legally varies from country to county. In the United State, individuals are allow to take a driving test before their legal voting age which is eighteen or legal ... ... middle of paper ... ... Works Cited "Facts About Teen Drivers." Teendriversource.org. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Research Institute, 09 Apr. 2014. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. Epstein, Robert. "The Myth of the Teen Brain." Scientific American Mind. 18.2 (2007): 56-64. Print. 18 Apr. 2014 Hamilton, Vivian E. “Why States Should Ban Adolescent Driving.” College of William & Mary Law School. (2013):1-3. Print. 18 Apr. 2014 “Teen Drivers: Fact Sheet." Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 02 Oct. 2012. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. "Two Teens Killed, Two Others Injured in Crash." ABC Owned Television Stations. ABC Inc.,WTVD-TV/DT Raleigh-Durham, NC, 2014. Web. 18 Apr. 2014. "3 NC Teens in Fatal Crash Were Going 129 Mph, Troopers Say." WBTV 3 News, Weather, Sports, and Traffic for Charlotte, NC. Worldnow, 06 June 2011. Web. 18 Apr. 2014.

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