[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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