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Teenagers on the Road—Rolling Threats?

July 14, 2009

Are teenagers monsters on the road?

Are teenage drivers a threat to the public on the road?

According to self-reporting research, over 70% of students between the ninth and twelfth grades have drunk alcohol. Not only are many teenagers active drinkers, but they are involved in five times as many fatal vehicle accidents as adults. Some researchers hold that teenage drivers are more likely to ignore traffic lights, talk on cellphones while driving, play music dangerously loud while driving, eat while driving, overload vehicles with passengers, turn illegally in cars, race vehicles, speed more, hang out of moving cars, and turn over SUVs than adult drivers. Thus, sociologists might argue that teenagers are more dangerous drivers than adults.

Would you like to respond to this question? If so, select a topic below:

1. Do you think teenagers are a more dangerous group of drivers than other age groups? Why?

2. If you think teenagers are more dangerous, what should be done to control them? How would you respond to the charge that special treatment of a specific age group is ageist (a form of discrimination)?

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One comment

  1. Teenagers are very dangerous behind the wheel. In Utah, when you turn 16 by law you can’t drive your friends around for the first 6 months without written permission. I think if drivers training took longer and the teen had to log more hours in before their license was given them it might help. Another idea is to have laws against texting or talking on the phone while driving a vehicle. Make it a law for everyone.



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