I read about some new drivers license laws in the state of Michigan that are rather harsh and unnecessary. The new laws do not allow 16 and 17 year old drivers that have a level 2 license to drive between 10:00pm and 5:00 am and prohibits more than one passenger under the age of 21 from being in the car. Many know of the stereotypical “teen” drivers, the cars that have five or six of them in a car with radio on so loud the car shakes with the music and are generally a terror on the road.
All teens are not like this, you just don’t notice the responsible teens because they’re aren’t as noticeable as those causing problems. And most of the stereotypical teen drivers may not be teen at all.
There are just as many immature 21 year olds as 17 year olds and 21 year olds are probably more likely the drivers of those cars. I’m a little tired of teens’ reputation with adults as stupid and a danger to themselves and others. Experience begets maturity. Maturity begets responsibility.
New drivers aren’t dangerous because they are teens but because they are inexperienced and they won’t become experienced by these restrictions. We can’t remove all distractions for teens at some point they have to concentrate on their own. They need to make their own decisions, delaying that does nothing to help them make the decisions we would want them to make.