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Letter: Better teen driving programs would mean better drivers

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Posted: Wednesday, March 7, 2012 10:07 am

Driving — something most everyone in our country does today, but where does it begin? We kick off our driving career at age 16 in most states, and it is at this time, it’s the most dangerous. Teen driving is a controversial topic, and according to James Gilbert (The Yuma Sun), claims the life of more American teenagers than anything else today.

Why is it that a teen driver is so much more dangerous than somebody older? As stated by (a) researcher in “Teen Driving” some say it’s the lack of experience, some say it’s because the brain isn’t fully developed yet, and some claim it’s a lack of parental involvement. The way I see it, Better graduated driver’s license (GDL) programs are a solution to all of the above. How can we expect teens to start off as good drivers when they hardly have practice? A well thought out GDL program with more adult supervision allows for Drivers to get more experience before actually obtaining a license.

The process for getting a license in Arizona and Utah are very different. In Arizona the GDL program is simple and requires only one day to take a written and road test, whereas in Utah the GDL program requires an approved course often lasting three to four months. While obtaining a license in Arizona may be easier, is it worth risking deaths of our Arizona drivers? A better GDL program would be beneficial to our community, and help the rising Death toll on Arizona roads.

Megan Nelson


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