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The other issue which is a big problem here is the horsepower
available to young, inexperienced drivers. Today, we have a
whole generation with easy, unobstructed access to
high-powered cars, and they do not possess the
skill to drive them safely. Raising the driving age
should only be the beginning. Further restrictions on engine
size & power available to drivers under the age of 20,
plus increased fines & deterrents for non-compliance are
needed if we are to seriously address this country's
appalling young driver fatality rate.
I have considered this question many times over the years.
Its answers will never satisfy all. I think the main issue
here is safe driving skills. When getting a license back in
late 60s-early 70s you were taken through a defensive driving
It is not the age because some 15 year olds has the skills
and right attitude to driving.
Consider this; when you are behind the wheel you are no less
armed to maim or kill than a soldier. You are in control of a
deadly machine. It is your responsibility to make sure your
are driving that machine safely. Most people do not learn
skills such as driving on wet roads, ice and snow until they
are face to face with winter conditions.
Hence you have novice drivers in a unfamiliar situation.
Knowledge is paramount to safe driving.
The other issue is that of visitors to our country. Many come
from countries where they drive on the right in left hand
drive vehicles. Once again this places a question of driver
skills and knowledge at the forefront.
In short, it is not age but knowledge and skills tested off
on on the roads in or by training institutions .
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