Should the driving age in Washington be lowered?

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The driving age in Washington State is currently 16 years old, which is the same age one can legally work there, so I see no real benefit to lowering the age further.  If you live on a farm, for example, you can still get an agricultural license which allows you...

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The driving age in Washington State is currently 16 years old, which is the same age one can legally work there, so I see no real benefit to lowering the age further.  If you live on a farm, for example, you can still get an agricultural license which allows you to drive farm equipment and vehicles on the farm itself, so it's not that they don't already have sensible exceptions to the driving age.

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What do you think?  What are the statistics in your area for accidents and deaths caused by teen drivers?  Logically, would the number rise or fall if the age were lowered?  What reasons can you think of for lowering the current driving age limit?  Less crowded school busses?  Emergencies?

Whatever angle you decide on (and you don't necessarily have to agree with that stance), you should have a minimum of three solid reasons which you use to support your pro or con opinion.  You should also be prepared to support each reason with statistics, stories, quotes, rhetorical questions, or anecdotes.

Good Luck!

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