Should the Legal Driving Age Be Raised to 18?

The debate on whether or not the legal driving age should be raised to 18 has been an issue for more than a decade but, as of January 2015, no law has come into effect to make the change. There are various reasons why some people want to change the legal driving age to 18 and the main goal is to keep everyone safe on the roads.

According to NBC News, a research group funded by the auto safety group has been calling for states to raise the legal driving age from 16 years of age to 17 or 18. Car crashes are the leading cause of teenage deaths and the auto safety group wants to shed some light on the statistics to help encourage officials to increase the driving age to help save lives.

Teens and even the parents of teenagers have expressed an interest in keeping the driving age the same as it has been for decades. Getting a driver's license at the age of 16 has been a rite of passage for kids and increasing the legal age would take away that "turning of age" event.

New Jersey is the only state that requires teens to be 17 before receiving a driver's license and the data from the 1990s shows that teenage crash related deaths were 18 in 100,000 compared to Connecticut where it was 26 in 100,000, leaving room open for debate on the subject.