Officials hope to curb
accidents by raising driving age
By Andrew Dys The Herald
(Published January 21‚
Different year, almost the same story.
The headlines might say "Teen driver killed in wreck," or "High school student dies in car crash."
Yet those who have to brave
the realities of facing another dead teen-ager's family want action. Raising
the legal driving age in
While only 2 percent of the state's drivers are under the age of 18, those teens make up 4 percent of the drivers involved in fatal collisions. They also make up 7 percent of drivers involved in all accidents, according to 2000 traffic data from the S.C. Department of Public Safety.
Meacham-Richardson, R-Fort Mill, has introduced a bill into the S.C. House of
Rep-resentatives to raise the minimum driving age to 16 years old.
The teen-age girl who lived
down the street from
"Kids driving at 15
years old is just too young, period,"
"These kids need more
supervision before we turn them loose,"
Buford High also has teamed with Healthy Lancaster, a private organization funded by grants from the J. Marion Sims Foundation, in asking teen drivers to join the "I Promise Pro-gram." Teens and parents will sign yearlong safe driving contracts and their cars will display decals asking other drivers to call a monitoring service with reports of the teen's driving.
But it's not just
A 16-year old Rock Hill High junior who was a passenger in a car driven by a 17-year-old died in a December crash.
A 10-year-old Clover girl died a few days earlier after the car driven by her 16-year-old sister was involved in a head-on collision.
A 15-year-old boy from
With more than 30 years experience working car crashes and notifying families, York Police Chief Bill Mobley said he has no problem with raising the driving age to 16, saying another year of maturity would help. Yet Mobley understands that a license means freedom, and most drivers are responsible.
"Whether a driver is 15 or 16, that is a very impressionable age," Mobley said. "Kids get a license and with that license comes independence. Our society is a mobile one."
You can now obtain the Parent-Youth Safe Driving Contract and for free.
Go to: www.ipromiseprogram.com