Reason why not to raise the driving age?

If your neighbor robs a bank, should you go to jail? No. If your classmate gets in an accident, should your driver's license be taken away? Of course not! Neither situation is fair. Raising the driving age will punish all young drivers for the mistakes of a few of their peers.

In this country we live by the principle of innocent until proven guilty. Those who want to raise the driving age have labeled teens guilty before they've gotten in an accident or before they've even stepped into a car. They believe that just because of your birth date, you are dangerous and must be punished by having your ability to drive taken from you.

Those who favor raising the driving age say that statistics show teenagers are more likely to get into accidents than adults.

What they don't say is that statistics also show that men of all ages are 77 percent more likely to kill someone while driving than women. If people want to save lives by raising the driving age, then how about saving lives by allowing only women to drive?
Except raising the driving age won't save lives. Studies show that it is INEXPERIENCE, not age, that causes accidents. Raising the driving age will just create inexperienced, accident-prone drivers at 18 instead of 16.

Teens need the ability to drive just as much as anyone else--to get to school, to get to work, to get to sports or band practice, or just to go out with their friends.
Cars are necessary for mobility in this country. Taking that away is a large disruption to the lives of teenagers for no good reason.

Never once has an expert told us age is an issue.

Not every parent is going to be able to take their kids to a job. Now you're going to take away their right to go to that job.

''Raising the age is the wrong thing. I see kids at 16 years old . . . most of them, they can drive fine," said David Leung, owner of D&D Auto School, which runs driver's education programs for high school students in Boston, Quincy, and Randolph.

You have given some excellent reasons. I automatically assumed that the "loudest" voices on this issue were right. Thank you for your input. It did get me to considering that the problem may not be the age of the troublesome individuals, but a lack of consequences when they first run into trouble. Can someone provide any information on how leniently or not that young people are handled for first and/or second traffic offenses. That may be a good addition to this issue.