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Thousands of Lives Saved Automobile accidents are the leading cause of death among US teenagers accounting for 36 of all deaths for 15 to 19 year olds wwwnhtsa 2 There are many factors that make this statistic so high alcohol passengers and just plain experience and maturity In most high schools in the United States there are required drivers education classes that the students must pass before graduating There are also classes that you can choose to take to get out of paying for a ticket But neither of these is required before actually getting your drivers license The percentage of youth fatalities that were alcohol related in 1996 was 366 wwwmentalhealth 1 This is almost half of the fatalities that were caused by teenagers The alcohol law in the United States is that you must be at least 21 years of age to consume any amount of alcohol Nearly half the fatalities caused by teenagers are breaking this law that is obviously present for a reason This is where the maturity and experience comes in The teenagers today are not learning anything from these drivers education courses they are obviously not mature enough to be behind the wheel if these outrageous statistics show such a lack of responsibility Most people say that if they are mature enough to have a job then they should be able to drive Others say that if they are old enough to vote and be drafted then they should be able to drive First a job is something you need to have a reasonable amount of responsibility for however a job is not a life or death matter A person can not show up for work get fired and have another job the next day If a person makes one little turning mistake they can end their life or worse someone elses Another main factor in the high fatality rate for youth is
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