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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Hates Freedom, Young Drivers

Posted in auto industry, Politics, Press Release by Vito Rispo | September 9th, 2008 | 3 Responses |

An Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) report being released today says a higher driving age would reduce crashes involving teenage drivers. If you’ve read any of my past posts, you probably know how I feel about the IIHS (Example)

Adrian Lund, president of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety told the Associated Press, “The bottom line is that when we look at the research, raising the driving age saves lives.”

It’s true, teen drivers have the highest risk of any age group. For 16-year-old drivers, the crash rate per mile driven is almost 10 times the rate for drivers ages 30 to 59. But, there are moral and intellectual questions that have to be considered.

First, moral: What if studies showed that certain races get into more accidents than other races. Should we deny people of that race a drivers license simply because the data says they’re more likely to get into an accident?

And there are intellectual questions as well. Say a law is passed raising the minimum driving age to 18, wouldn’t 18 year olds then have the highest crash rate? Is the crash rate a result of a lack of driving experience or just age?

What do you think RideLust-ers? Good? Bad? Indifferent? Is the IIHS a bunch of creeps?

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3 Responses

  1. Guyon says:

    As a 15 year old, I say screw you.

  2. Suzanne Denbow says:

    A commenter on Jalopnik made a pretty good point about this and said that even if they raised the driving age to 35, a 35 year old first time driver would be just as inexperienced as a 16 year old first-timer. The difference is, the 35 year old [hopefully] has better judgement skills. So basically, with age comes wisdom, and I completely support raising the minimum age…Plus I utterly loathe teenagers [no offense, Guyon].

  3. Joe says:

    I support longer training periods for young drivers. When I got my permit, the next day I could take a driving test. Now where I live you need to wait 6 months from your permit date to be tested (unless over 18.)
    Anyway, no matter what you do people of all ages will have accidents. I think better training and education will reduce a lot of the risk involved, but NOTHING will ever remove all risk.
    (brought to you by a parent of a 16 year old who had an accident today)