Give Them a Brake, Maintaining the Legal Driver's Licenses at Age Sixteen

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14 November 2011
Give Them a Brake, Maintaining the Legal Driver’s Licenses at Age Sixteen
When you go to the Department of Motor Vehicles the line is inevitably long. As you wait for your number to be called you notice a teenager and his parent in an exchange that brings back fond memories of your own rite of passage into the legal driving world. The teenager, at sixteen, has just received his legal driver’s license and their parent has handed over the keys to the family car. As you watch the exchange do you stop to think “Should sixteen be the right age to acquire a legal license to drive?” Most people in our society drive a vehicle to get from one point to another. We never really
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Some limitations that are placed on the teenage driver’s privileges are: daylight driving only, after three months they may drive until 10 p.m. with a licensed driver over twenty-one, no motorcycle or moped operation and they must have their permit license for 12 months before applying for a regular driving license. In some states, such as Florida, a teenage driver must complete a four hour drug and alcohol class with exam. Also, prerequisites have been made by states and insurance companies for teen drivers to take part in classroom and instructional driving classes. The combination of requirements aide in helping a teen driver acquire the knowledge and experience to help them be responsible drivers.
A program that supports maintaining the legal driving age at sixteen is the GDL or Graduated Driver License program. The GDL is a permit licensing program that works on the principal of intermediate phasing of one’s license. Teens gradually phase in driving privileges as they develop mature driving attitudes while acquiring valuable on road driving experience. Per the GDL, teenagers are required to spend more driving time on the road with a parent or an older experienced driver. The program works in a three phase system: the learner’s license, the operational license and the full license. Studies done by researcher’s pertaining to the use of the Graduated Driver License program show conclusively that, “the States with the most restriction on

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