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Treating 16-22 Year Drivers Differently than 22+ Drivers Wrong

November 18, 2008

I don’t know about you, but the proposed Ontario young driver law strikes me as quite wrong. Treating 16-22 year old drivers in a different manner simply because of their age.

If there are going to be restrictions on driving, it should be placed on those that have not proven that they are fully able to drive yet. It should be place on those that have passed a basic road test but the complete road test. [In BC, the basic road test grants you “N” Status, with some restrictions and the complete road test, taken after a year on “N” status, removes any restrictions.]  That situation could happen to anybody at any age (though, granted, people who are just learning to drive tend to be young, but not always).

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  1. November 19, 2008 at 4:39 am

    For those 18 and over, we need to treat all adults like adults. I would hate to be a 21 year old single mom with baby twins in the back seats. I could be in violation of the law.

  2. janfromthebruce
    November 19, 2008 at 6:33 am

    Actually Skinny dipper you would not be, as family is an exception to the rule.
    My problem is that someone with lots of bucks was able to bring this legislation forward, and no politician was willing to challenge some of the harsher parts or reframe.
    Further, this parent bought his child an expensive fast car. Focusing on that in itself as a contributing factor should mean that there should be legislation outlawing parents from buying their children “fast cars.” (tongue in cheek here)

    More to the point: Is an adult an adult?
    So again, one has to ask this: Young people, under 21 are at risk of making immature choices based on age, thus young people should not be able to enlist in the military as they are not mature enough to make good choices.

  3. Dan
    November 19, 2008 at 8:41 am

    Sort of what Jan said, but my principle on something like this is that if the government says you are old to enough to run around Afstan shooting a gun, you ought to be able to smoke, drink, and do whatever else adults do.

    What about a 19 year-old designated driver taking home friends who got wasted? There are so many exceptions where it would be nonsensical to have a one teenage passenger limit.

    This is a terrible bill as it stands, no matter how noble its aims.

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