IIHS Suggests Driving Age Should Be Raised, Angering The Pimpled Masses

Those buzzkills over at the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (IIHS) have indicated that they think the driving age should be raised in order to prevent deaths. The group points to lower fatality rates among teens in New Jersey, a state which doesn't grant full licenses to drivers until they're 18, compared to states with lower ages. As we pointed out in our guide to teenage driving rules, licensing guidelines vary from state-to-state and can include a variety of measures. Simply notching up the driving age seems a bit arbitrary, especially given other options. Many states utilize a graduated licensing program that puts limits on driving for teenagers based on age. For instance, teenage drivers under the age of 17 in Florida need an adult above the age of 21 in the car between 11:00 pm and 5:00 am. New drivers in Georgia must be licensed for six months before having more than one passenger in their car. Additionally, there are six states which have novice-driver cell-phone bans. Jalopnik Snap Judgment: While the number of auto-related deaths in this country is far too high, outright changes to driving behavior (such as speed-limiting cars) is bound to cause more outrage than actual change. Gradual steps that address the underlying causes, such as bad driving and driver distractions, are more likely to find the support needed in the public arena to pass new traffic safety laws. [Yahoo/AP via GMI Forums, Photo: Photo by Marco Di Lauro/Getty Images]


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