Ok, first, I'm agains the raising the driving age thing I like it where it is. If it was raised, we would still have the same number of accidents, simply at older ages, and perhaps driving underage would become like drinking underage, everyone does it right? Well ok not everyone, but a fair majority do. I also think that a permit program that lasted four years would be very very educational, and definitley cut down on accidents, but that costs a lot of money, also no one is going to want to be able to drive with their parents , then have to do it for four years. Driving when your young is about freedom, and for many parents it is a load off of their shoulders when kids can drive themselves to school, work or a game. I'm not saying the age is right or wrong, I just think its a good age.
NYS has a new law where you can get your permit when your sixteen then you can take a five hour and pass your drivers test you get your limited license where you can drive during the day, but if you take a drivers ed course, they reduce the money on your insurance and you can take your road test to get your full license.
I've had one ticket, doing 52 in a 35 at 2 am coming home from my friends house. I was simply tired and so were my friends who were with me and we were rockin to some music, I didn't realize how fast i was going up a hill, and bam got caught. I got a cell phone ticket too, which was completely my fault and was stupid but I was trying to get my ex back and well I'm glad I tried to get her back even if the cop pulled me over in her driveway, and she didn't come back. Ahhh well! And the night I got the speeding ticket I backed into my grandmas car which was hidden below the rear window, it was a devastating night.
I've had my fair share of tickets I guess but looking at it, if I had been older, same circumstances just 2 years older (I was 17 so 19) I really don't think it would have made a difference.
Theres a point you get to when your in your car driving your closest friends when you think, wow if I mess up I could kill these guys, and then you take it seriously. That happens when it happens, theres no age. Something triggers it and you realize how important life is and you don't take driving as a joke, can't put an age on that.
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
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