How would you feel if you got a call saying that your daughter has been killed because they took the family car out for a little ride? "Misery, fear, and anguish" as in the words of Mary Whice on a radio program (radio 107.1). However this could have been prevented if the parents were more responsible about letting their daughter go driving without a license or even a permit. The legal driving age should be raised due to the number of fatal accidents caused by young drivers. Underage drinking also increases these risks.
Should underage drivers have worse consequences for their actions? In a recent radio program (radio 107.1), 14 people said that underage drivers should receive worse consequences for their actions. Only one said that they shouldn't. Taking any car that you have not received permission from is considered joyriding (acjnet.org/youthful/joyriding.html). If you are caught joyriding underage you will not receive your driver's license until you are eighteen.
You will also receive prohibition for 6 months.
If the joy riders had more punishment, less illegal drivers would be on the road thus stopping accidents before they even happen. They would be encouraged to attend classes on safe driving. If the government could start programs in school and public service announcements on television, kids may take a hint that doing it is very wrong and it includes severe punishments (acjnet.org...). If the department of driving safety could start such a program, America would see less and less underage drivers on the road.
25% of voters say that joy riders should not be punished by law, but instead by their parents. 27% of voters believe that parents should receive fines. A whopping 48% of voters think that parents of the parents of them should be held completely responsible...