What age should children get a licence at?

Australia
May 30, 2009 7:43pm CST
at age 16 children are able to get a license but is this really safe?
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@lelin1123 (15645)
• Puerto Rico
31 May 09
Sixteen of age is way to young in my book. They are children who are still acting like children for the most part. There hormones are going crazy mixed with being behind a wheel is looking for big trouble as far as I'm concerned. I think they shouldn't be alowed to drive till the age of 18. When they register to vote than they can get a license. Thats the way I see it.
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@paula27661 (15899)
• Australia
31 May 09
Here in Australia the legal driving age is 17 and although that is the age I obtained mine all those millenniums ago, I think it is too young and I know many teens will hate me for this; it should be at least 18 years though I would like to see it happen at 21, I know it is a drastic difference but the loss of lives due to car accidents is just too huge a number and I know I lacked a great deal of maturity at 17!
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@elitess (5072)
• Ipswich, England
31 May 09
Hi there friend. Well the age for getting a license in my country is 18years old, but still there are a lot of kids and teenagers that you see on scooters or small mini-motorcycles (small wheels) and you wander how come those are allowed to drive... ? I wouldn't feel safe in traffic with them to close to be honest.
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@dreamr802 (987)
• United States
31 May 09
I don't think that 16 is too young. We had to have our permit for 6 months before we could get our license. But if I didn't have my license at 16 I know my mom would've went crazy trying to get my brother, sister and I at all of our after school things. Mostly my sister and I did the same thing so i would drive me and her to where we had to go and my mom would take my brother. A couple of years after I got my license CT made it so that for the first few months that you had your license you couldn't drive with friends in the car only family members or by yourself. We didn't have it where you couldn't drive after a certain time and whatnot. But I do not think 16 is too young.
@Vickiq (52)
• United States
31 May 09
I don't think there is anything wrong with a 16 year old obtaining a driver's license. Like many states, Texas has Graduated Driver License. Stage 1: Instructional Permit The teen must be at least 15 years old, have parent or guardian's concsent, have completed or enrolled in state-approved driver education program, pass a written and vision test and pay a statutory fee. Once the permit is obtained they have had it for at least 6 months, they must drive with an adult 21 or older (occupying the seat next to the driver) who has been licensed for at least 1 year. of course no drinking & driving. If they get two violations of failure to drive with adult supervision it can result is suspension of the instruction permit from 90 days to 1 year. Stage 2 Provisional License The teen must be at least 16, have completed stage 1 sucessfully, have completed a state approved behind the wheel driver program, pass a behind-the-wheel driving test, either overseen by an approved driver education or the Dept. of Public Safety, pay another statutory fee. In addition, for teens under the age of 18 certain restrictions apply. They cannot drive with more than one passenger under the age of 21 (unless accompanied by a licensed driver 21 or older). They cannot drive between midnight and 5 a.m. with the exception for employment, school-related activities or medical emergency Stage 3 Full Provisional License After 6 months the provisional licenses are no longer subject to the above restrictions. That's a lot of restrictions for a 16 year old to go through and I think it's a good thing. So to answer your question, in my opinion, yes, it is safe for a 16 year old to get a license. At any age, be it 16 or 50, you can have irresponsible, unsafe and careless drivers.
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@coolcoder (2020)
• United States
31 May 09
I think they should be at least 17 to get a learner's permit. 16 is way too young to get either a learner's permit or a license. I know that people of all ages do stupid things behind the wheel of a car, but it seems like a disproportionate amount of those stupid things are done by those who are in the 16-17 age range.
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• United States
31 May 09
I think kids should have to wait until they are 18 to get a driver's license. There are way too many fatal accidents out there that involve children. They aren't mature enough to operate a vehicle. I don't know how it is in other places, but here, it is illegal for them to drive while talking on the phone. It is also illegal for more than 1 passenger to be in a car with a driver who is under 18. I think an acception is made if the passengers are adults, but I know it is in effect for underage passengers. These things have surely helped to cut down on accidents, but there are still too many. About a month ago, a local 16-year-old girl ran her car through the side of the bank. I don't think they ever figured out why she did this. But that is just one example. It seems like we hear about a new fatality just about every day.
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@vnrsudhan (1514)
• India
31 May 09
hi mishikawa, getting a licence at the age of 16 is tooooooooooo early.the minimum age to get a licence in our country is 18,but there are a lot of young kids who drive bikes and even cars without getting a licence.