May 1, 2015
Being free. Like a wild animal. It feels great. It is how most sixteen year olds feel. They think that they have the world at their fingertips. Everyone is waiting to turn 15 and get a driving permit. Then the next thing to await for is sixteen to get their driver’s license. No longer having to wait for parents to get off of work to give them a ride to a friend’s house. Or wanting to go to the movies but not being able to because parents are busy doing other things and are tired of being Chauffer Mom or Dad. Being sixteen brings on many more distractions, responsibilities anyone could ever ask for. Only 44% of 16 year olds get their license at 16, yet a majority of this small 44% cause a large number of fatalities. (Vock, 2013) This is why I argue that the legal driving age should be raised to 18 because young people are more tempted by distractions, driving is considered an adult responsibility, and roads would be safer for everyone.
There are many distractions in this world, it is almost as if it’s what we live for. Everyone is always looking for a distraction from work, school, and sometimes even just from life. Although most distractions are fun, there is always a time and place for everything. As a sixteen year old the distractions are endless, from boys and girls to shoes and dogs. A sixteen year old behind the wheel of a motor vehicle is just asking for trouble. Some of the main distractions for licensed sixteen year olds are, cellphones, music, food, friends, and freedom. Cellphones nowadays are like mini computers in one device. Many sixteen/seventeen year olds cannot live without their phones. Whether they are checking the time or how many likes t...
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