January 18, 2006


Risk of teen drivers reaches others (Jayne O'Donnell, USA TODAY)

New teenage drivers are more dangerous than previously thought: Nearly two of every three people killed in crashes involving 15- to 17-year-old drivers are people other than the driver, auto club AAA will announce today.

Teenagers have long been the riskiest on the road. AAA's analysis shows that unlike elderly drivers, who mostly kill themselves when they crash, new teen drivers involved in wrecks have an impact far beyond their own families.

Driving age should be set at 21 to 65.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 18, 2006 9:14 AM

The voting age should be set to 25.

Posted by: Vince at January 18, 2006 11:05 AM

Raising the driving age to 21 would only delay the mistakes. The most dangerous drivers would be those aged 21-25. Of course, then all the old car-hating fogeys would want the driving age raised to 25.

Posted by: Brandon at January 18, 2006 11:33 AM

Be very cautious of that Cadillac Eldorado being driven toward you by an apparent mound of white hair!

Posted by: John J. Coupal at January 18, 2006 12:01 PM

Having just turned 65, I have to disagree, but we oldsters should certainly be tested yearly, at our own expense, before being allowed to continue driving.

Posted by: ed at January 18, 2006 1:53 PM

Kids can be good drivers if they have sufficient practice under your watchful eye. It's very liberating when the oldest can drive and pick up the younger kids and do other errands.

As for 65 being the cut off age, I predict you'll think quite differently when you get there.

Posted by: erp at January 18, 2006 4:11 PM


Social rules aren't based on the expectation that everyone is an exception to the norm.

Posted by: oj at January 18, 2006 4:15 PM

erp is a youngster in her neighborhood. An upper limit of 85 would reduce traffic there dramatically.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 18, 2006 9:21 PM

Entirely by coincidence, I started favoring such an concept myself about three years ago, and expect to revert to thinking of it as a bad idea in about 41 years.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at January 19, 2006 3:25 PM

Robert, how sweet of you to notice, but 85 is starting to look younger and younger to me every day. Will to you too bye and bye.

Posted by: erp at January 19, 2006 4:52 PM