16 August 2007
They’re thinking of raising the age for driving
Patrick Crozier

Longrider is against it:

The reason young drivers figure so high in the accident statistics is not purely because they are beset with the indomitable self assurance that comes with a lack of years, it is because they lack experience.

Maybe, maybe.  My view is that if you’re good enough you’re old enough.  Why shouldn’t 10-year olds or younger be able to drive?  Is there any more of a legal problem with 10-year olds than their 17-year old counterparts?  I really don’t know here but if there is it occurs to me that it ought to be changed.

At very least lowering the legal age for driving might get a few of them off the sidewalks.  Walking is the second most dangerous form of transport.

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  1. I’ve always thought it would be great if the kids were to learn the rudiments of vehicle control and situational awareness before being bombarded with the hormones and risk-taking of adolescence. Lots of kids learn to kick ass on the go-kart track before being distracted by things like the opposite sex (e.g. Lewis Hamilton).

    Long as they can reach the pedals, let ‘em have at it.

    Posted by Jay Jardine on  16 August 2007 at 09:31 pm

  2. Long before I drove a car, I’d driven tractors and motorboats.  Not much of a preparation for driving a car on the road, but bloody good fun.

    Posted by dearieme on  17 August 2007 at 01:45 am

  3. Wow, talk about letting relative statistics drive policy.  And then, after they raise it to 18, then 18 year olds will have the worst fatality rate…

    Something’s always gotta be ‘worst’.

    Posted by Highway on  18 August 2007 at 06:11 pm

  4. Walking may be the second most dangerous activity because of the idiotic car drivers---especially the stupid teenagers yakking on their cell phones, who don’t pay attention to pedestrians while driving.

    Maybe a new approach to various laws targeting one specific group of drivers is to tie insurance to the price of gas at the pump. A higher risk driver could pay much more at the pump in order to drive. The technology is now available to implement this by coding a card which would be required for scanning regardless of payment type. High risk drivers---drunks, cell phone yakkers, SUV drivers and young people would pay a lot more at the pump but still have the privilege to drive.

    Posted by foxmulder on  07 April 2009 at 06:17 am

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