[UPDATE] Rep. Slosberg Files Bill to Raise Driving Age from 16 to 17

By: Rep. Irving Slosberg Press Release; Candace Sweat
By: Rep. Irving Slosberg Press Release; Candace Sweat

UPDATE 3-7

Tallahassee, FL - Representative Irving Slosberg (D) has filed the Mature Drivers Act, which will change the driving age in Florida from 16 to 17 years of age. Lee Gordon spoke to him during a live interview during Eyewitness News at 5:30 pm. Check out the interview.

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Tallahassee, FL - Representative Irving Slosberg (D) has filed the Mature Drivers Act, which will change the driving age in Florida from 16 to 17 years of age.

Every year from 1993 to 2003, 16 year olds in the United States were more likely than older teenagers to speed, make driving errors, and be involved in single-vehicle crashes. In addition, 16 year olds were 21% more likely than 17 year olds to be involved in a car accident.

In addition, fatal crashes involving 16 year olds are more likely to involve driver error, speeding, and multiple passengers than in older teens. Fatal crashes with young passengers constitute almost half of all 16 year old driver crash involvements.

Intent on reaching out to groups through-out the state, Slosberg says, “This is about saving lives. Even with the best intentions, teenagers can’t always protect themselves from the dangers of the road. This bill will help them, and help the state protect our young generation.”

Representative Irving Slosberg (D) of District 90 (Boca Raton, FL) served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000-2006, and was re-elected in 2010. He was first motivated to enter the political arena after his daughter passed away from injuries sustained in a 1996 car accident.


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  • by Craig Location: Fort Myers on Dec 17, 2011 at 03:26 PM
    Florida needs to start testing drivers young AND old. Everyone should be required to test annually, both written and physical driving. Changing the age won't solve anything. Ban cellphones and texting, mandate driver education and constant testing. The number of insane, selfish driving acts that I witness every day, it makes me angry that people don't truly know how to drive. The last time I had to take a driving test? 1990, the year I moved to Florida. 21 years, really?!? We should mimic the European driving standards. You need a heck of a lot more than a heartbeat to pass your driver's exam over there.
  • by Melanie Location: Pensacola on Mar 31, 2011 at 10:24 AM
    As a more sensible compromise, keep the learner's permit age at 15 and raise the solo license to 17. That way, the learner will have a full 2 years under their belt before they are allowed to go solo.
  • by Christy Location: lake county on Mar 10, 2011 at 12:39 PM
    I agree that it should be up to the parents to give the responsbility to get the license. You as a parent know whether your child is mature enough to handle the responsbility of driving. But my other question is. If your child is 15 now and has their learner's permit, but will not be 16 until after the July 1 date, what happens? I didn't see anything listed on the bill about any of this.
  • by John Location: Cocoa on Mar 9, 2011 at 02:18 PM
    Changing the driving age would be a waste of time and money...ignorance is the cause of most traffic accidents age has nothing to do with it. I just recently got my drivers license and I have a job i need to be at every day after school if i couldn't drive i wouldn't be able to keep my job...if this passes im going to be ticked
  • by Becky Location: Winter Park on Mar 9, 2011 at 06:53 AM
    Geez, why dont we just take away driving privileges for EVERYONE! That will REALLY get those statistics down! This is just ridiculous. Maybe the parents need to step up and set a good example for these kids! And if the parent doesnt feel the kid is responsible enough to drive, DONT LET THEM GET THEIR LICENSE! Remember, a license is a privilege, not a right. Why are we going to punish responsible 16 year old drivers who have jobs and need a way to get there (and dont say a bus, because my daughter is NOT riding public transportation). Again, the government trying to be the parent. Instead, why dont they require more training? How about a class for the year they are 15-16? Practice is the only way they will get better at it. And like the other person said, 17 year olds get in less accidents because they have a year under their belt! Duh!
  • by Anyone Location: Tallahassee on Mar 8, 2011 at 12:25 PM
    That is the most rediculous waste of time and taxpayers money I could think of. First of all, If we have a law that says that drivers have to be 17, there would still be drivers from around the area, i.e. GA, AL, that would be driving around in the state anyway. Also, the reason that less 17 year olds make those types of driving mistakes? How about a year of experience behind the wheel.
  • by victoria Location: tallahassee on Mar 8, 2011 at 11:43 AM
    I think that if they decide to change the driving age i think they should change it to 18. I think it would be a bad idea to change it to 21 because not only will the individual be able to get a license but they will also be able to drink... which i feel will lead to alot more drinking and driving
  • by terry Location: ga on Mar 8, 2011 at 11:09 AM
    16 is to young. 21 dont sound to bad. alot of growuups are lousy drivers to. i rember when i got my insurance when i first started driveing at 16 my insurance was 1000 every 6mo. that was in 1979. i think alot of children not all are more mature these days and should not be punished. maby some guidelines like 1 wrek or 2 speeding tickets orlate curfew you loose your lienses for a while.
  • by Anon Location: On the road again on Mar 8, 2011 at 10:15 AM
    I believe that it should be 21 just like able to drink alcohol. Imagine how many lives would be safe
  • by I think its a good idea Location: Tally on Mar 8, 2011 at 06:27 AM
    Why not?? It helps us keep insurance rates down for another year..It gives the kids another year of practice before being independent drivers.. ANother year of maturity. What are the cons??
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