Some of the Reasons for Junior Operator Restrictions

Junior Operator restrictions were not imposed just because a bunch of lawmakers thought “how can I make life more difficult for teenagers?”.  The lawmakers were trying to figure out how to save lives.

Young drivers are more likely to get into car accidents than their adult counterparts.

According to the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles:

  • 32% of 16 year old drivers in Massachusetts will be in a serious car accident.
  • 17% of 17 year old drivers in Massachusetts will be in a serious car accident.
  • 13% of 18 year old drivers in Massachusetts will be in a serious car accident.

The numbers speak for themselves.  Even more scary, is the fact that drivers under the age of 21 have an increased risk of being killed in a crash while drinking and driving.  These numbers are according to the National Highway Safety Counsel, and are nationwide statistics:

  • 13% of 16 year old drivers who were killed in a car accident were legally drunk.
  • 18% of 17 year old drivers who were killed in a car accident were legally drunk.
  • 27% of 18 year old drivers who were killed in a car accident were legally drunk.

The best prevention is preparation and education.

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