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?