Monday, 9 May 2016


'Teenage Driving Laws May Just Delay Deadly Crashes' is an article written regarding teenage driving laws that unintentionally increases the rate of accidents among older teens. It is written by Anahad O'Connor, a reporter for the New York Times in a column of New York Times (14th September 2011). The target audiences of this article is diversified and not confined to a scoop age, social status or a specific group.

The author's intention is to establish to the readers that teenage driving laws are indeed unintentionally increasing the rate of accidents among older teens, seen through the choice of content for this article. The author stated that most studies on graduated driver licensing have only looked on 16 year olds and seems like the tougher licensing laws for teenage drivers have reduced deadly accidents among teenagers but on looking at the bigger picture across 18 and 19 year olds, it looks like the tougher laws are just delaying those deadly crashes.

Looking at the arguments presented by the author, he had provide multi-dimensional evidences. The reasons given are that teenagers are simply waiting to get a license until they've reached the minimum driving age instead of dealing with the extra restrictions. Another hypothesis that was given is that teenagers are not getting much practical driving experience when they have 'co-drivers'. Crashes among teenagers are not because they are reckless but that they make simple mistakes.

Well, I agree with some of the things said by the author. Most teenagers nowadays are just waiting to get a drivers license so that they can drive around and go out with their friends. They've not thought of dealing with the extra restrictions that is put upon the tougher laws. This is one of the reasons there's a lot of inexperienced drivers on the road. On the other hand, I think that by saying ''not getting as much practical driving experience when they have co-workers'' is an unacceptable excuse. The adult supervision is to protect these teenage drivers as they are inexperienced. After they have gotten enough experience and the adult feels that these teenage drivers are capable of driving alone then only can they drive unsupervised.

The tone and choice of words used by the author indicated his professionalism, with no biasness in terms of language style. No notes of sarcasm are used throughout this article, and it has been delivered straightforward and honestly.

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