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Do tougher teen driving laws help improve safety or are they too strict?

Oct. 31, 2012

Just got your driver’s license? Were you looking forward to piling your friends in the car for a ride to the mall? Think again. More states are passing laws cracking down on when and how teenagers can drive and who can ride with them.

You may already have heard the statistics from your parents or police officers at your school: Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens, and two-thirds of those fatalities occur in a car driven by another teen. Studies have shown that young drivers tend to overestimate their driving abilities and that as the number of passengers increases, so does the risk of a crash.

“We don’t want to say that teens are a menace to us all, but the reality is, when teen drivers crash, it’s people in other cars or teen passengers who end up dying,” Justin McNaull, director of state relations for AAA, said in a New York Times article.

States have reacted the studies by placing tighter restrictions on teen drivers. According to the New York Times, 15 states and the District of Columbia forbid teenagers from driving with another teenager; seven states bar them from driving with more than one. Two states, Idaho and South Carolina, restrict teens to driving in daylight hours only. Other states have implemented graduated driver’s licensing or increased the required amount of time for supervised driving before a full license is allowed. Pennsylvania has the toughest requirement for practice driving: 65 hours.

In August, a New Jersey law requiring drivers ages 16 to 21 to attach a red sticker to their license plates was upheld by the state Supreme Court. The decal is intended to help police identify young drivers and enforce curfew and passenger restrictions. Opponents argued that the decals were an invasion of privacy; parents worried that the decals made young drivers, especially girls, targets for criminals.

“Young drivers have no reasonable expectation of privacy in their age group, which can generally be determined by their physical appearance and is routinely exposed to public view,” the justices wrote. “Further, because the decal is affixed to the exterior of the car, in plain view, an officer’s review of the decal does not constitute a search” and therefore does not result in an unreasonable search, a violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.

Gregg Trautmann, a father who challenged the decals in court, said in an interview with the New York Times: “We have young people flying Apache helicopters in Afghanistan to protect us; you’re saying you can’t drive a car past 11?”

The court ruling was praised by Pam Fischer, head of the New Jersey Teen Safe Driving Coalition and former director of the State Division of Highway Traffic Safety. In an interview with radio station WKXW-FM, she said: “People need to understand that the decals are not putting our teens at risk, they are designed to help address risk.”

Some critics say the laws turn over a parent’s role to police in monitoring children’s behavior. But advocates of the tougher laws say they have been shown to reduce traffic deaths and simply are part of a long-term safety movement that includes laws requiring use of bicycle helmets and car seat belts and banning cell phone use while driving.

To make sure parents are aware of the state driving rules for teens, New Jersey is pushing for driver education classes for parents. At some high schools, the classes are required to get school parking passes.

What do you think?

Are driving laws for teens too strict or reasonable to ensure their safety? Should states actively be involved in monitoring young drivers or is that the parents’ role? Are New Jersey’s required decals an invasion of privacy? Why or why not? Should all states require driver’s education courses for students?

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9/24/2014
Murrieta California
Steph Folston
Mr. Jabro Creekside High School
Driving laws for teens are reasonable. States should not be actively involved in monitoring young drivers because it would either make teens not want their licence or do stupid things on purpose trying not to get caught to gloat to their friends. It is definitely the parents role for their own children nobody wants to pay for everybody's child's accident. I think the required decals in New Jersey are an invasion of privacy and also going to make more issues on the road. It could cause issues for teenage road rage and police purposely targeting teens. I personally don't recommend the red decal for New Jersey, I think they need to get rid of it because I own two cars of my own and my mother uses them a lot. So if my mother were to drive after hours in one of my cars it would waste time because shes over the age limit. I think all states should require drivers education services every few years because nobody knows how to drive and not for just students.

9/17/2014
Charlottesville, VA
Caleb
Monticello High
I feel like restricting the hours a teen can drive is flawed. If the teen stays out too late, they have no way to get home until the next morning.

6/12/2014
Stroudsburg PA
Joshua
Me. Hanna stroudsburg JHS
I do not think that driving laws for teens are too strict I think that they actually do keep them safe. I think that is the parents role because it is not the states responsibility for a teen who is driving. I do not think that the decals are an invasion of privacy because I think it is helping them and it keeps them safer

5/28/2014
brea california
jalen
kolodge fanning
i'm against the restrictions

3/5/2014
donora
alissa
Ringgold middle school
i think that we should be able to chose the driving age limit but some kids would pick it at the age of 12 and i don't think it is appropriate to start driving at this age. Thank you for letting me do this and get my thoughts out

11/25/2013
Philadelphia Pa
Noni
Mrs. HIll Widener Memorial School
I think teens should have some say in who they have in a car with them based on their age. During the day I think teens should be able to have their friends in the car with them. For safety reasons, at night their always should be an adult in the car with them.

9/27/2013
Watertown/Ma
Greg D
Mr. Remis Watertown High School
Yes they do improve the safety of drivers. From personal experience it is very difficult to drive with other people in the car and music blaring for the period of 6 months after having a license. However the law in MA is that you can not drive anybody other than family until after 6 months which is perfect for new teen drivers, the other laws in other states are too excessive and once people start driving they become comfortable and those laws just are not necessary.

9/27/2013
Watertown/Ma
Arlin
Mr.Rimas
The Government can make as many laws as they want against teen drivers in the end there are certain teens who are not going to care and do what ever they want. There are too many teens who get away with breaking driving laws and they keep repeating their mistakes. I think driving laws in general should be stricter not just on teens because there not the only ones getting killed in car accidents. The government should focus on making driving safe for everyone and not targeted just towards teeens

9/27/2013
Watertown MA
Evan
Rimas/Watertown High School
I think that the government spend way too much time worrying about teen drives and not even close to enough time concentrating on elderly people driving. Every week it seems that on the news we hear about a person in their 70's or 80's that drives through the front of a convenient store and kills or injures people. It seems wrong that the government spends too much time worrying about teens and not even close to enough time concentrating on the elderly drivers

9/27/2013
Watertown/Ma
Cesar F
Rimas/Watertown High School
The laws for teen drivers are fair. Especially laws regarding texting and driving. Facts back up the reason these laws should be enforced. Teen drivers are not as experienced as older drivers and should be monitored more than an experienced adult driver. Teens should not be allowed to text and drive because it takes their attention away from the road and can easily cause accidents that can result in injuries and even deaths. These texting laws should be implemented on everyone though. Just because you are a 35 year old experienced driver doesn't mean that texting isn't going to distract you from the road and increase your chance of causing an accident. Laws that prevent teens from driving at night or help law enforcement identify teems should not be enforced though because if a teen can't drive at night when are they going to learn and practice how to do it. These laws take away from their practice and the cons out weigh the pros.

9/26/2013
new york
YM

I think as long as the parent knows their child is responsible their teens should be allowed to drive with friends day or night because then they are taking away the privileges of every other teen that wants to drive with friends and is a responsible driver.

9/25/2013
Watertown
Kevin D.
Rimas
Tougher teen driving laws definitely improve safety. There are more accidents that happen with teens than any other age group and the strict laws that say having people in the car under the 6th month span is a violation is a main law preventing more injuries and deaths between teens and other ages.

9/25/2013
Watertown
Kevin D.
Rimas
Tougher teen driving laws definitely improve safety. There are more accidents that happen with teens than any other age group and the strict laws that say having people in the car under the 6th month span is a violation is a main law preventing more injuries and deaths between teens and other ages.

9/13/2013
Sidney, MT
braydn
Mr. Faulhaber
I think that the driving laws shouldn't be stricter, if i want to drive with my friends to go get a drink or some food, we aren't going to all drive different cars, we are just going to pile into one car and go eat together. I think its great that states require drivers education classes, with that the roads will be safer and less deaths.

9/13/2013
Sidney MT
Ethan
Mr. Faulhaber
I dont agree with the stickers. I dont agree with the fact that they want to make laws that can tell somebody when they are going to drive and who can ride with them. If im old enough to go to war, im old enough to know how good of a driver i am and what i can do.

9/13/2013
Sidney/Montana
Toree
Faulhaber/Sidney High School
I think that the laws are not too strict but i think that if they were more strict kids would have a more temptation to break them. Such as having a certain amount of people in their vehicle. Teen drivers i feel dont really care because they think they are now "cool" to be driving around and have all their friends with them. I think that no matter what you do they will still do what they want and have the amount of friends they want even if its a higher risk of being in an accident.

9/6/2013
Belleville/New York
Katy
Colby/BHCS
I as a new driver feel that these new laws for teens, are not strict at all. I feel that its a good thing. To many teens have a car full of kids and they can get distracted very easily because of that. In my state, you can have as many relatives you want, but only one non-relative. and i feel that its a good law. if teens didn't have as many friends in their cars then there would be fewer accidents that led to death.

4/3/2013
Moore Oklahoma
Kanisha
Moore Norman Technology Center
I believe that the laws for teens and their driving skills or opportunities or what not are entirly too strict. Im not saying don't be aware of the raod and who is on it and what they may be doing in their vehicals or who they may have in their vehicals but, some teens are more mature than others. What about the ones that are young adults and know how to drive do they get a red flag as well.. That red flag idea is so embarrassing and an invasion of privacy. You never know who can be in the car behind you and if you're in a certain age group their wonder if your a re girl or a boy and how old you are. That person behind you might be a criminal.. It's just now right. These laws for teens are absolutly too strict. I agree with the other discussion as well, what about the elderly people that can barely see and thy're driving. It's not just teens that are causing wrecks and dying. It's people in general.

3/27/2013
Watertown/MA
Kosta Fabrikarakis
Rimas/Watertown
These laws should not just be implemented on teenagers. If you are going to make a law why not make it for everyone? I see countless accidents that occur not because of teenagers but older people. People in their 60s or 70s drive when they can barely even see, you are giving a license to a person who can't even read a book in front of them let alone a sign. Texting laws don't just apply to young people they apply to everyone, saying kids only text is a stereotype. What about the women I see putting on makeup at a red light? Tougher driving laws should be implemented on everyone they apply to. Drivers.

3/19/2013
Denver, CO
Michael M.
Mrs.Mumby/JFK
I believe that the driving laws for teens are to strict, and I believe this, because as once quoted "“We have young people flying Apache helicopters in Afghanistan to protect us; you’re saying you can’t drive a car past 11?” and I agree with this. So I think that the driving laws should be less strict and I also am in the position to where I want to drive without breaking the laws or being harassed by law enforcement. I also believe that the limit for teens to drive around other teens should be as long as they fit in the vehicle, young adults should be able to drive a motorized vehicle without having a permit or a sticker on license plates. Teenagers should at least have over 16 hours of driving practice, and young adult drivers should not require drivers education.

3/19/2013
colorado
kendra saenz
mumby/ john f. kennedy
this article was actually really intersting. Teen driving laws improve safety. they are simple and easy to follow

3/19/2013
north carolina
BKT
marry potter
its me again i what to say hi and not only teens have crashes because adults and old people crash too and i think people narrow down on teens because they are young and ya sum are reckless but don't blame all teens

3/18/2013
north carolina
BKT
marry potter
im doing a paper on this and i think there strict enough

3/4/2013
Kansas City,
Brandee
Wyandotte High School
I have to doa paper on this.

2/28/2013
wayland ny
Cassie
Henry/Wayland
althouh the laws are strict sometimes it just to protect hte teenagers from making a big mistake.the law should be limited to at least 3 teens in a car at a time if the driver cannot control his or her passengers then they arent fit to be a driver.

2/15/2013
belleville/ny
Rebecca
colby/belleville henderson
The so called "tougher teen driving laws", are way to tough! No matter what the age or piling in your friends, you can't help control the safety. Even if you have one person in the car with you, you could still get into an accident or even if your an young age. The laws are getting more and more stupider as the days come. You can't control how many people, people will put in their car because one way or the other they will get as many as they want! Even if you make it so teens can only drive in the daytime, there gonna do it anyways. The New Jersey thing is stupid and it really is invasion to peoples privacy. I guess thats what you get when you put someone old in charge. just saying they have done the same dang thing that young teens have done!

2/11/2013
Rudyard, Montana
Aron
Mrs. Campbell, Northstars
Yes some laws are a little to stict. I can understand having limitations to there driving but within reason. These decisions should start with there parents. States should be invovled to ensure saftey but like I said the parents need to be invovled in what there kids are doing. The New Jersey's required decals are an invasion that openly telling anyone that there an underage driving. Its also letting the police target that person with the sticker which is entrapment. All state should require a driver's education course a kid is not able to just go out and start driving. With all things involved in the driving process they need to be taught the fundamentls of the rules of the road to be held responsible for there actions on the road.

2/6/2013
PA
john
CDschool
too strict

2/6/2013
Harrisburg, PA
Kirsten
Central Dauphin High School
I agree with having some restrictions on younger drivers, but I think that forcing drivers ages 16-21 to attach a red sticker to their license plate is too strict. It's an invasion of privacy. Some laws are understandable, but others are extremely unnecessary. Driver's education should be offered but not required.

2/6/2013
Harrisburg,PA
L.Kent
Ms.Morris/Central Dauphin High School
I think that the rules are too strict, teenagers have the same freedom as adults and they have the same liscence, why should the rules be more strict? Just because there new drivers and they are more attracted to phones shouldn't be an excuse. More adults have iphones and droids so they are just as attracted to phones as teenagers are.

2/6/2013
Harrisburg, PA
Deanna
Central Dauphin High School
Driving is a serious thing. It is not a joke. Driving is a way of transportation. I myself am a new licensed driver so i do understand the problem with having more than one other person in the car. I only ever had 2 other people in my vehicle while drivng. It can be a handful when first starting out because, you feel pressured and you wont be able to focus comletely. On that note having a red sticker that symbols you are a TEEN DRIVER is not safe at all. There are people who look for young adults.On that note may try to look for trouble.

2/6/2013
Harrisburg, PA
Sam
Central Dauphin High School
I don't think the New Jersey's required decals are an invasion of privacy. They are just there to make others aware that they are a young driver. I think it only makes others take more caution when driving around someone with the decal on their car. I think some of the new driving laws are a litlle much, but you know that they are only trying to protect the safety of drivers.

2/6/2013
Pennsylvania
L.Kent
Central Dauphin High Shool
I think that the laws are too strict, teenagers should be able to have the same abilities as adults. They have the same liscence so they should have the same freedom.

2/6/2013
Harrisburg, PA
Amber
Central Dauphin High School
I think that the driving laws for teens are both too strict and reasonable. Strict to the teens that are fairly decent drivers, but reasonable for the less responsible teen drivers. Some teenagers are rather immature compared to some other teenagers. The more mature ones would be responsible enough to drive cautiously and safe. The less mature ones would drive carelessly and foolishly, without a care in the world.

1/15/2013
Montgomery, TX
Mitch W.
Mr. Metzger/ Montgomery High School
Driving laws restricting teens while on the roads can help but they can also make the teen paranoid to drive with cops on the lookout for each and every single teen driver, which does make teens more prone to accidents. If teens are told that they will be watched by the police because their cars are now showing that they are teenage drivers, they will try to over compensate for their driving which will cause more accidents rather than preventing them. Teenagers will become over focused and try to do too many things at once, causing accidents that we don't need. The laws restricting teen drivers should not be as strict as they are now.

1/11/2013
Sidney/Montana
Lane H.
Mr Faulhaber
I think that students shouldnt have restricted drivers license. When I get in a car with a bunch of students i dont become a worse driver. I think im just as good as any adult.

1/11/2013
Sidney, MT
Courtney A.
Faulhaber / Sidney High School
I think that teen driving law should ALWAYS be strict. A student grows to learn how to drive better themselves, but if they think they can drive how they want then the roads will never be safe. Teen drivers are less experienced than adults who have already been driving for a long time. They should definitely think about the safety of other drivers in training a teen driver.

1/10/2013
Montgomery,Texas
Cody
Metzger/MHS
Teen driving laws should not be too strict. Although teens are the biggest age group to be involved in accidents, they are also all beginners and are inexperienced but how else do you become experienced without experiencing it. Teen drivers should yes, be more enforced than an adult because they are less experienced but not to strict to where a teen cannot go out on thier own and do thier own thing whenever they feel the need too.

1/4/2013
Belleville, NY
Erik
Colby/BHCS
Teen driving laws should not be too strict. Statistics show that more teens are involved in motor vehicle accidents than any other age group. However, this is most likely due to inexperience, and the youngest age group of drivers will always be the most accident prone. The new drivers should learn earlier when they are still with their parents more before they go to college. This will lead to them being more experienced and cause less accidents when they are no longer supervised so closely by their parents.

1/4/2013
Belleville/NY
Daryan
Colby/Belleville Henderson
I think some of the driving laws are reasonable. However restricting teens from driving after sundown is unreasonable. Some teens have to work to earn money and working may cause them to have to drive at night. Others play sports or are in clubs and if they cant drive after dark then it makes it difficult to be able to attend any other activites.

1/4/2013
NY
Jordan
Belleville
I don't feel that having tougher teen driving laws will improve safer driving at all. I feel that kids are still going to do what they want regardless of what that says. Also if they're doing things now that they shouldn't be why would a "harsher" law make any of that change.

1/3/2013
Montgomery
Jake P.
Metzger
I think there are valid arguments for each point of view.Statistics can prove that teen drivers are the most dangerous on the road because they take the most chances. But putting a decal on the exterior of a vehicle is not a good idea for these reasons: Thieves, profiling, and privacy. Having a decal on your vehicle would make an easy target for thieves because teens are more likely to have expensive radio systems in their vehicles. Police officers can simply pull a car over for being out past curfew then proceeding to question the teen driver and search their vehicle. The issue of privacy is easily understood for the simple reason of the young drivers being targeted by predators. Also keep in mind that driving a vehicle is a privilege not a right, and it shouldn't be easy to get a license. I agree with laws that involve getting a license, but young drivers should not be discriminated against on the road.

1/3/2013
Montgomery Texas
Will Fox
Montgomery High School
I think this article is right on point, coming from a teen driver that used to think I was invincible on the roads. The fact is that people who drive crazy and try to be cool are the ones causing all these wrecks and fatalities. With all that said my voice speaks that these laws are not too strict.

1/2/2013
Montgomery, Texas
branson
metzger
I believe that teen driving laws are to strict yes there needs to be some that ensure saftey to the drivers. I dont agree how they say that some states restricted driving for young teens to day time hours only. Teens have church and school events and also jobs that have them out past dark. The whole putting a decal on the license plate was uncalled for, parents are the ones that should be watching over there teen drivers. I believe there should be some laws on teen driving but as of right now they are way to strict.

1/1/2013
Montgomery, Texas
Cameron
Metzger/MHS
I believe that the teen driving laws are too strict but do have some reasonable ways of ensuring safety. I do not agree that they should restrict driving in some states to only daytime hours. Teens have jobs that sometimes extend to night time and maybe even past midnight. It is also the parents role to monitor their teen drivers, and requiring decals on the license plate is uncalled for. You do not see elderly people driving with stickers on their cars, so why on teens. But i do believe that they should require drivers ed courses before driving and being limited to the amount of passengers in the car.

12/21/2012
Montgomery, TX
B. Wright
Metzger/MHS
I think all states should require driver's education courses for students because the students would have to sit through classes and learn more about the laws and then have someone with them in the car teaching them correctly instead of letting the parents do it. I think some of the laws are too strict for teens, like having a curfew, while other laws are reasonable.

12/13/2012
Montgomery, Tx
t. Bellard
metzger/MHS
I think in a way the laws will create a little more saftey. but no matter what age you begin driving at, you always start out as a beginner driver.

12/9/2012
CA
Yovana
Monache High School
Driving laws for teens are reasonable to ensure safety. States should be actively involved in monitoring young drivers because let`s face it teens more often than not do not listen to their parents. However, if it has to do with the law they are more likely to follow rules. They are not an invasion of privacy, other drivers should be aware of what kind of drivers are on the road. Yes! All states should require driver`s education courses for students.

12/9/2012
California
Melissa
Monache
These laws are too strict. Teens who have just gotten their license are more cautious when on the road than adults who have had their license for years. Teens will be more likely to fear a ticket or an accident because they value their young existence and that of their friends. Adults are more stressed and more likely to speed to work or drink and drive

11/28/2012
Porterville, CA
Weston
Smith/MHS
The facts back up the law. Teens need to be monitored by the state when driving. The decals are not an invasion of privacy because they are in plain view for everyone to see and who really cares? I don't. It's not even a little inconvenient for the sticker to be there. Is it an invasion of privacy for drivers licences to contain information about the driver? Certainly not.

11/26/2012
Irving/Tx
Rebecca M.
Bradley/Nimitz
I think some laws are too over the top. The laws are made to ensure our safety but they are made to be broken and a lot of teens will rebel against them. I think it is both the parents and the states role because parents should teach their kids how to drive safely but the states are there as back up to ensure the safety of teen drivers and other drivers as well. I think that New Jersey's laws are an invasion of privacy. Some parents let their teens drive their cars. Yes all states should require drivers education.

11/26/2012
Irving/Tx
Heather E
Bradley/Nimitz
There should be laws for driving standards for teens, however, some of these laws are too strict. The decals are an invasion of privacy. What if the parent of a teen, also drives the car and they stay out past 11, a cop sees the decal and pulls them over. Not only is that unfair to the parent, but embarrassing as well. Everyone knows it is not fun to drive by yourself, having your friends with you is fun, and there is only a safety hazard if you make it unsafe. The monitoring of young drivers should be the parents' role. I think they should make driver education classes free and at school. It would help ensure safety, and if it is a mandatory course, then you can get all students to take it.

11/25/2012
Irving/Tx.
Katie D.
Bradley/Nimitz
I think that most of the laws are too strict. Today, many teens have their license because parents need their help. So, honestly, it should be there parents' role to monitor their child's driving. New Jersey's laws are an invasion of privacy. First of all, many teens have to share cars with parents, so either the parent has to be questioned as a teen driver or the teenager isn't affected. States should offer, but not require, driver's ed classes. Let that be up to students and parents.

11/24/2012
Irving/TX
Bethany
Bradley/Nimitz
The driving laws on teens presently are fine as they are, but what needs to be changed is how consequences of breaking driving laws are dealt with and how consistent they are. If a state is to put stricter limits on teenagers, when they reach the age that those stricter laws don't apply to them anymore, it is very easy for them to acquire the mindset that no laws apply anymore. When they are adults, the laws and consequences are lighter, so why follow any laws set in place? Having different laws for teenagers teaches them nothing for adulthood; teens have to learn when they first start driving to adhere to the laws their parents and other adults must obey themselves, and to get in the habit of doing so while they are still under the protection of their youth in case they make any mistakes in the process. New Jersey's decals on under-aged driver's cars isn't necessarily and invasion of privacy, but it can be considered an invasion of equal rights. A citizen of the United States is a citizen at all ages of life, whether a teenager or adult. If the states require a group of people to be singled out and open up an opportunity for them to be watched more closely and punished more harshly, then what's to say the states won't do the same for another group on another issue? What are the parameters of requiring identification for certain groups of people? Driver's education courses, however, should be mandated as a class for students. I know of so many teens my age who went the “parent taught” route and never did any of the course work and got through the drivers test on common sense alone and not with the information they should have learned about driving safety and procedures. Some of them are good drivers, and some of them aren't good at all. So to prevent a lot of the ignorance of good driving skills that lead to accidents and dangerous situations, a driving class should be required for all students seeking their license, but the decals and stricter laws do nothing ex

11/22/2012
Irving/Tx
Hector
Bradley/Nimitz
As a adults know, teenagers are in the stage in their lives where it is difficult to be responsible and follow rules. It is important that there be strict driving laws but always to a certain point. The teen driving laws are reasonable although teens are not the only group of people who get in car accidents. It is up to the parents to be constantly involved in monitoring their children, parents know their children a lot better than the states do and can teach them the best. New Jersey’s required decals are not an invasion of privacy, nothing important can be gained from somebody knowing the age range in which a young adult is in. Not all states should require driver's education courses, there are places in the United States where it is rare to see people driving, much less young people.

11/18/2012
Irving/Tx
Jazmyn
Bradley/Nimitz
Being a teenager, Everyone has concerns about us driving,but if we couldn't drive we wouldn't have our license. We should be given more credit where its do. Receiving your license comes with responsibility. The laws on driving are to strict. I think the government should be a little more lenient towards teen drivers.

11/16/2012
Irving/TX
Rose
Bradley/Nimitz
As a teen driver I do understand the concern and worry that people have when teen driving. Driving is really important responsibly because you are dealing with peoples lives. I clearly understand why there are strict laws and guidelines when it comes to teen driving. Having a type of drivers education course is really important and is something all states should require. Each state has there own regulation when it come to driving as they should not regulation is to harsh when it comes to teen driving people are dealing with the possibility of death.

11/16/2012
Irving Texas
Frankie R
Bradley Nimitz
No. Even with how laws are now teen drivers are always getting into accidents or trouble. Monitoring teen drivers is a parents responsibility, until the teens out other peoples lives in danger. then, and only then, should others get involved. Requiring a drivers ed class in school is a waist of time to me. There are plenty of drivers ed class available for those who want to better prepare themselves once they get behind the wheel and on the road.

11/16/2012
Irving, TX
Kelsey
Bradley, Nimitz High School
I do think that laws made for teen drivers are too strict, but I say that being a safe driver. The worst thing that a driver can do is drive while distracted and so I understand the laws for people to not drive and text or make phone calls. However it is the parents' responsibility to teach how to drive by example. Every driver does need to go through some type of learning system to that they can learn not only the basics but the statistics. When I was getting my license first I had to do online work. I did quizzes and test that went over what to do when in this type of situation and what is the current death rate for this. No matter what a driver must get their license through a state so states should use this to their advantage. They should show the dangers of driving along with how to drive. Driving is a privilege not a right. You have to earn the right from your parents and your state to get behind a wheel. Then you have to take the extra step and hold up your responsibility to not drive while distracted. A car is not a toy it is an expensive piece of machinery and an investment.

11/16/2012
Belleville,NY
Samantha
Colby/Belleville Henderson
The simple fact of the matter is that teen drivers aren't experienced and they are still kids. When a bunch of kids load into a car with an unexperienced driver they are much more likeyly to be distracted and irresponsible which can lead to injuries for not only the people in the car but anyone they encounter. Restrictions on a license give teens a chance to gain some experience while still limiting their responsibilty.

11/16/2012
New York
Heather
Colby/ Belleville-Henderson
The driving laws arre strict, but I think that they are inplaced for a reason. When teens first get their license, they think that they know everything about driving, when really they have very little experience on the road. In my opinion they need to be kept strict, so less accidents happen. Driver education courses should be required in all states.

11/15/2012
Irving/Texas
Pablo G.
Bradley/Nimitz
Is a spanking brand new lawyer, fresh out of law school, restricted to certain types of cases? Can he/she only work between the hours of 9 AM and 6 PM? Is he/she to be limited based on their youth or inexperience? If so, why give him/her a full law degree? Why test him/her if limitations are going to be imposed as easily as a curfew for 12 year olds? The same things are being done to teen drivers. If they pass their driver's test, and EARN (not given, EARNED) their driver's license, then why implement laws to restrict when they can drive, and who they can drive with? Why test and give them the license if they're going to be treated as toddlers on a tricycle? The sense in that is no where to be found. As for decals to display who a driver is? Why not do the same for registered sex offenders, or for those with criminal records? Are they not a threat as well to society? Shouldn't measures be taken to notify officers of their presence as well? If such laws can easily be applied to teen drivers, all for something that they can do nothing about (their youth), then the system is truly flawed, and nobody's privacy is being considered in the matter. Such laws should not exist, and should be repealed, that, or the false image of safety should at least be taken down, as those laws are not there for "safety measures" but for the mere discrimination of teen drivers.

11/15/2012
Irving/TX
Stephen S.
Bradley/Nimitz
Adding more laws for teen driving can be both safer and a bad idea. More crashes happen because of teens driving with others and messing around, being loud and rambunctious, telling them to go fast to beat the light and all that. Well, most teen drivers. And these laws could help reduce all of this from happening. However, a negative side of this is that teens have that rebellious side. Most already drive with more than one person in the car, ignoring the rules, driving without a license, even without a permit. So there is a good outcome and a bad outcome to the new teen driving laws. What they should do is make the final driving test for your actual license longer and harder and make sure they're ready to drive on the real road alone.

11/14/2012
Montgomery/TX
Taylor A.
Metzger/MHS
Although these new requirements are a bit harsh ,they help prevent wrecks. Responsibility and safety comes before everything. Life is too valuable to throw away due to irresponsibility that could have been easily fixed. Although parents are responsible for their teens, it is not their responsibility to make sure they are safe in the car. If you can get behind the wheel, you have to be mature enough.

11/14/2012
Irving/Texas
Claudia
Bradley/Nimitz
The driving laws are necessary but there has to be a limit to how invasive they are. Age does have a have to do with driving but teens should have the opportunity to gain experience and learn how to drive so by the time they are adults they know how to do so. Laws are appropriate and should be enforced because it is necessary but no extensive or over protecting monitoring should be going one. I do agree with drivers having to have courses for students to make sure they know the laws and the responsibility of driving it might help in decreasing accident when teens know what to do in certain situations.

11/13/2012
Irving Texas
Jasmin T.
Nimitz Bradley
I know first hand as a teen driver that having a decal would invade my privacy. I also know that I am not in shock what so ever that they want to make tougher laws to ensure the safety of everyone around them. Everyone knows teens as driving fast, not paying attention and being reckless- which half is true. I know that a curfew has always been a rule but now as we get older jobs expect more from us, to stay later, or to work way over time. Not only that, if there is a emergency where you have to leave at a certain time in the middle of the night, you can't help it. I know though, that teens are not the only ones who are reckless drivers. Maybe it would be good to make laws a little tougher on everyone, you wouldn't want people not following rules because they think only teens are going to get caught. The rules and regulations need to apply to everyone.

11/13/2012
Irving/Texas
Linda
Bradley/Nimitz
Coming from someone who has been in an accident caused by a distracted driver, I think these laws are reasonable and ensure the safety of the driver as well as the passengers. Teenagers could hate me for saying this but that experience of being in a car crash is not something I wish for anyone and if it can be prevented with this, then it is something we need. Of course I'm not asking for extreme laws that barely allows us to drive, but laws that ensures more safety is what we need. But I do believe that it is the parents' role to take care of their young drivers. They shouldn't give their responsibility to the state. Some parents trust their child so much that they just let them drive around with their friends, not knowing that they are actually driving recklessly throughout the city. I know this because one of my friends used to do this. The parents should start to take action in monitoring how their child is driving. Other than that, I don't see the problem in decals. I mean, if they look at you, or if they look at the decal, anyone can see your a teenager and I also don't see it as necessary or helpful, but the driver's education classes would be helpful in making sure the students knows the basic of safety in driving.

11/13/2012
Irving
Omar
Bradley/Nimitz
Driving laws should be upheld only to an extent, decals should not be used to identify a young driver since that would be offending the privacy of a person. What if the young individual is coming back from his or her job past curfew? It is not necessarily their fault for them to be out so late. Although it is true that teenage drivers tend to have more crashes and relentless fines more than any other age group in the United States, but teenagers are also rebellious and the more laws put forth to stop teenage drivers from going past curfew it may also lead to more fines and violations. That is why it should only be put to an extent.

11/13/2012
Irving/TX
Daniela R
Bradley/Nimitz
There are many driving laws that have been enacted that are quite reasonable, even to teenagers, but there are also ones that are too strict like not allowing a teen to drive at night. States should not be given ultimate authority over monitoring young drivers, but they do need to be given a pretty substantial part in it. The decals that New Jersey is requiring is an invasion of privacy because it'd be like giving someone a flyer to put on their forehead that tells the whole world your sexual orientation. States shouldn't require anything because once a student is 18 they should be able to just get their license by taking their test.

11/12/2012
irving
Sona
Bradley Nimitz
Driving laws for teens are pretty reasonable. Because teens tend to be careless and causes of majority of the accidents. Most of the time, kids think that they can handle whatever that happens and they take the risk. For example, if the light turned yellow, most of the teens speed up and drive instead of slowing down/stopping. New Jersey's law is violating privacy because just because there is a sticker on the back of their car does not mean that they are free from accidents. It might be helpful for the police officers to find teen drivers. But, they can easily do that by checking their license when they get pulled over. States should not be involved in monitoring young drivers because there is no point in monitoring them because either way, they are still going to be doing what they want. They are old enough to be responsible for their actions. How are the kids supposed to be mature/"adult like" if people don't treat them like they are mature enough?

11/12/2012
Irving, Texas
Ashley P
Bradley/Nimitz
Although the teen driving laws may seem a little harsh, keep in mind that these teens are still learning to drive and see the best methods on how to be a safe driver. By making laws that help teenagers be safer with driving, they are decreasing teenage deaths and the risks that come with being a young driver. Driving as a teen may be necessary to some teenagers and laws that are too strict will cause them not to be able to drive and get the things they need done. Although i agree with teen driving restrictions and boundaries, New Jersey's forms of taking action are an invasion of privacy and should not have to be required for teen drivers.

11/11/2012
Irving/ Tx
Vanessa C.
Bradley/Nimtz
Teens these days think that they know how to drive so they do things that they shouldn't and that is why the laws that we have are strict because that makes some people understand the meaning of safety and understand the real meaning of living the correct life of driving. When it comes to monitoring teens is the job of the parents and teens themselves to if they want to live a good life without regrets. The New Jersey law is passing the invasion place in teens because It may cause some problems to students and some stress for their parents in how they will never know when your child can be attack by bad people. In every state they should have every teen take a driving class because that will help them know the correct way in how to drive safely and in will bring less accidents when they know the major issues of teens getting in trouble or hurt and knowing the rules.

11/11/2012
Irving,TX
Liliana
Bradley/Nimitz
A lot of teen driving laws are reasonable, like having to take driving ed class if you are under 18 in order to take a test to receive a licensee. But many teen driving laws are unreasonable. If a teen took drivers ed classes, he/she should not be restricted how many passengers he/she can drive with or have a curfew till 11 unless the teen is under 18. It is unreasonable for a 18-21 year old to have a curfew or have passenger restrictions. They are considered adults at that age, therefore should be treated like ones. The New Jersey law requiring drivers ages 16 to 21 to attach a red sticker to their license plate is ridiculous and unfair, especially for 18 to 21 year old.

11/9/2012
montgomery, texas
harley k
metzger/ montgomery high school
yes being more strict will decrease the percentage of accidents! but it just gets old. cause here you go, you got your license and you finally have some freedom but yet you cant cause the law is so strict on new teen drivers

11/8/2012
Irving/Tx
Jennifer R
Bradley/Nimitz
Teen Driving Laws are reasonable because many teens still are in the process of learning how to be a safe driver. By creating laws that encourage teens to drive safely, the states are decreasing the risk or accidents and increasing teen awareness. These laws will create boundaries that will limit teen' driving, but New Jerseys' law would be a complete invasion of privacy.

11/8/2012
Irving/TX
cindy m
Bradley/Nimitz
Being a new driver all you want to do is drive around with your friends but, the law says you can not drive more than one person that is not a immediate family member until your 18. Obviously, the majority of new drivers are against it and think it is too strict. At the end of the day though it makes sense. If something were to happen would you want to be responsible for 1 injury or 4? All states should require drivers ed! It would be scary for drivers not to take that!

11/8/2012
Irving/Tx
Ashley C
Bradley/Nimitz
Teen driving laws help reduce the number of unsafe drivers. However, the number of crashes have gone up. The reason for that is due to distractions. Awareness is the only way to help further reduce the numbers of teen car accidents. Not all teen drivers over estimates their driving abilities so it is unfair to say that young drivers overestimates them. The New Jersey law that requires the attachment of a red sticker to the license plate is an extreme violation of privacy and definitely can be a safety issue.

11/8/2012
Irving/ TX
Jennifer T
Bradley/ Nimitz
They help improve and regulate the number of teens that need laws to be enforced. However, awareness should be the primary concern as this would teach and help teens make their own decisions. They should have common sense to be able to choose wisely. The way they drive as teens affects how they will drive as adults. Driving safely is a priority.

11/6/2012
Irving/TX
Marisol
Bradley/ Nimitz
These driving laws for teens are reasonable for their safety, but they are a little too exaggerated. No matter how strict a law is, for whatever purpose, it will turn out to have a group of people unhappy. Teens are going to feel like they're being treated like kids, and find these laws unfair to those teens who are actually responsible when driving. It will actually turn out as an insult to some teens, and maybe even some parents. Speaking of parents, no parent likes to be told how to raise and discipline his/her child. This “monitoring” from the states should be left to the parents to individually discipline their teens. Parents know their own kids and should know what is best for them and know how much responsibility should be left up to them. As for the New Jersey's required decals, I classify them as an invasion of privacy. I'm a teen and I consider myself a safe driver, and I don't want to have any sort of device babysitting me. I did take driver's ed., and so should other teens. It shouldn't be a punishment though. Drivers ed. Should be seen as a chance to say “YEAH! I'M A CERTIFIED DRIVER!, Drivers Ed. And everything!” This way, the concerns of adults will maybe decrease a bit.

11/5/2012
Rudyard, Montana
Samara
North Star Schools
These restrictions in some states are too extreme but those who read this get the message. Yes, states whould actively be involved in monitering young drivers AND parents all together. With the decals, they do seem like easy targets to be attacked. Should states require driver's education courses for students? Yes, for those in high school should be required to take a driver's education course, but those out of high school should not. Even though those after 17-19 have not exactly matured all the way, they have a better understanding of the rodes and safe driving. Plus they may not have the time after high school to get the class the need.

11/3/2012
Irving/Texas
Chhering
Bradley/Nimitz
Driving law for teens are too strict to ensure their safety. They shouldn't just make a law, they should instead have raised awareness. There can be important times when teens might have to drive past 11 or have to frive their friends. Driver courses would improve lot of things but it shouldn't be necessary. Law is good just the way it is.

11/3/2012
Irving/TX
Mayra Z
Bradley/Nimitz
These new requirements emerging do show a harsh and time consuming way of being able to drive as a teenager ,but these measurements do help preventing deaths.People need to understand that nothing is too harsh or too strict of a measurement when it comes to driving safely in a way that many lives will be saved.A person's life is way more valuable and nothing is worth as much as that .When it comes to monitoring teen driving I believe that it is the parents job because they should constantly be aware where their kids are going incase of a accident or some issue thy need to make sure they dont do anything dumb to endanger their life or someone elses life.The New Jersey requirements are an invasion bcause teens may have emergencies to go to at night it is no right for the state to deny that.I believe all states should require driving education because it can help greatly in preventing them from driving incorrectly and endagering themselves and other people.

11/1/2012
Irving/TX
Kenia R
Bradley/Nimitz
Laws are good how they are now. Some teenagers do think their driving skills are way better than anyone else and they feel invincible but parents need to take their role as a parent and endorse some authority on their teenager when they are driving. The New Jersey plan is an invasion of privacy because there are special circumstances in which a late night drive is needed, fro example most teenagers in high school have a job and sometimes they get out of work at 11 or 11:30 and the police wouldn't know that they would just pull them over. Also there could be predators that would make driving risky for teenagers with the sticker on their driving plates. All the states should require driving education courses for students because if teenage drivers are more aware of the rules and know how to drive better, the rate of accidents might lower.

11/1/2012
Irving/ TX
Amber P
Bradley/ Nimitz
The laws to protect teen drivers are definitely essential. Teen drivers need all the help they can get. Lets face it, teens don't always use proper precaution, and they take unnecessary risks when driving.- so I'm all for the states getting involved. Knowing the statistics on teen driving deaths, something obviously must be done. The decals seem a bit overboard, but it's still understandable, and I respect the law. Its not an invasion of of privacy, it's a protection of one. No, I don't think states should require a driver's education course for each student. It's not practical or fair for the other individuals who are perfectly capable of driving well. It should be required for the individuals who fail to drive safely, or break the rules.

11/1/2012
CA
Hannah
Menlo-Atherton
i like the rules and laws of California, where you can't drive anyone but family and people over twenty for a year after you get your license or whenever you turn 18. Most teenagers don't follow this rule, but drive friends around without their year.

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