Teenage Drivers

How can America pay less in automotive insurance, reduce the amount of traffic accidents and fatalities, and increase the use of public transportation? Create a federal law that will require automotive drivers be at least twenty-one years old to drive. another teenage driver photo

At the age of eighteen, the learners permit will allow for nighttime driving. Federal law would require at least fifty hours of documented nighttime driving before applying for an intermediate driver license. The intermediate driver license would allow a teenager to drive “unaccompanied” between the hours of 6:00AM to 11:00PM. When a driver turns twenty-one years old, the intermediate driver license will become a permanent license.  In some cases, their car insurance becomes cheaper.

During the period of the learner permit or intermediate license, any infraction of a traffic law would be severely punished. Notification of an infraction would be sent to the student driver as well as their parents or guardian, both of whom would be required to attend traffic court. A significant fine and an automatic one year delay in the training process would be incurred. After a second violation, all driving privileges would be revoked for one year.

The American Automotive Association (AAA) reports that studies show the risk of having an accident declines sharply after someone has three to four years of driving experience—thus the importance of a licensing program that will allow youths to gain experience and maturity while reducing the risk by limiting the situations in which they drive. This new federal driver licensing program would do both.

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