I got this story from Kim's blog about how they want to raise the age limit on getting a driver's license. Let me ask you this, what were those kids doing that led them to get in the accident in the first place? There simply wasn't enough data there for me to make a judgement call to move the age limit up with what I saw. What exactly do these kids get as a penalty when they are at fault for an accident? Should they just get a small fine for texting, messing with the stereo or talking on the cell phone while driving? Distractions these days are different than they were even 10 years ago. Distractions are more appealing to a teenager than most adult drivers. I have the feeling that there is more behind this increase in accidents other than just "it's those damn kids" ramblings. I like details, sue me.
This might be an answer to decrease accidents across the board, regardless of age. I know I'd think twice about launching on to the interstate if I knew there was a chance at getting hit with a $5000 fine for speeding. I'm not saying that's what should be done, I'm just sayin'. I think what needs to be done is to ENFORCE the rules we have on the books now and push for the max and it needs to be made very public on who the judges are that preside over these cases with a monthly or yearly report of their cases, with their findings on all of them, easy for all to see, let's say we publish them in a newspaper.
Bottom line, don't try fixing a problem unless you've tried using what you already have...come to think of it, the oil industry could learn from that very statement, THINK ABOUT IT!