I am writing this letter because of an actual topic. The numbers tell us that motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death between 15- to 20-year-olds; that 16 years old kids are 3 times more likely to die in a motor vehicle crash than any other age, and that 31% of drivers ages 15-20 who were killed in motor vehicle crashes had been drinking some amount of alcohol. What else do we need to understand that the situation is harsh?
When teenagers get their permit they don’t only receive the privilege to drive; they also receive a broad responsibility. Unfortunately there are a lot of deaths every year, and it is because teenagers don’t realize the weight of the responsibility their hands are holding. I write this letter hoping someone will consider it. Driving laws should in my opinion be stricter; I believe 16 is a young age to drive. Even though I want to drive I feel like teenagers have too much on their minds, with school and social lives, to drive.
I believe America has already been through enough accidents to reconsider the driving age. If a sixteen year old student accidentally killed his friend, the “murderer status” will follow him his whole life. Driving is something you have to consider important and responsible. New Jersey’s laws allow teenagers (under 18) to drive with restrictions (for example: driving only from 5:00 to 11:01) that allow us to drive from home to school, and from school to home. So if you drive, pay attention to your actions.
Lida Shamsaei Gil
Governor Livingston High School