Written by: Laura Saldivar
With nearly 5,000 U.S. teenagers dying every year in car crashes, I am thankful for all of the new legislation that is out there preventing the No. 1 killer of young people. Most youth believe they can multi task and think a crash can never happen to them. In reality, it can happen to anyone. A simple look at a text message while driving is like driving blind folded. These new laws will help end the epidemic of teen car crashes.
Most teenagers feel they do not need to follow the new laws; however, with inexperience comes mistakes. With passenger restrictions during the Graduated Drivers Licensing stage, youth are less likely to crash. For teens, just adding one passenger increases your risk for crashing by 48%. This part of GDL is one of my favorites because it allows the driver to focus on the road. Driving with friends causes a lot of peer pressure and a lot of times I have found myself in situations where my peers are ready to pile into one car. If this situation occurs, I tell my friends about the law. This action helps them to respect my decision and allows them to see its okay to speak up.
These laws save lives and help parents to become engaged in the learning process. The stronger laws help teens slowly become better drivers and gain confidence with their newly formed driving habits. Without these laws, I would be scared to death to drive. The different licensing stages gave me the proper amount of time to adjust to driving and to improve before I was completely set free. I am very thankful to live in a state with strong Graduated Drivers Licensing laws that will help reduce fatalities and injuries.
Without these laws can you imagine the crash statistics?