Monday, 9 May 2016

'Teenage Driving Laws May Just Delay Deadly Crashes' is an article by Anahad O'Connor who is a reporter for The New York Times, covering health,fitness,nutrition and epidemiology. He writes for the Science Times Section as well as the paper's Health and Wellness blog. This article is about how the newbie drivers with an average age of 16 who are prone to the risk of accidents than those who are elder than them.

The author claims that extra restrictions should be imposed to teenagers who are as young as 16 years old and that they should think twice before indulging in the thought of having license at a younger age because of its fatal crash rate consequences. I have to agree with the author because the rate of accidents have increased especially in the age circle of 16-18 years old. These teenagers are embedded with an adrenaline rush to try almost everything they could without thinking of what might happen to them if they do something without proper practice and without any expose to the 'real world' out there.

He also strengthened his point of view by providing statistics based on his research on teenage drivers. He even provided data to prove 16-18 years old teenagers are supposed to deal with extra restrictions when they are driving. However, he contradicted himself at the same time by suggesting another hypothesis which is that the teenagers become dependent on parents when they are under adult supervisions because they'll miss learning about the risk on road and to be an independent driver.

The tone of the article is therefore contradictory. The author himself doubts his first statement which is teenagers should not be left independent on the road. He said it is good to give them some space to get used with the road and the risks.

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