Should Drivers’ Education be Required?

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Samantha Martin, Reporter

Why is it not mandatory in Arizona to take a driver’s education and training course? Could many teen accidents be avoided with a driver’s ed. course? In 2012 alone there

were 2,823 motor vehicle accidents among people ages 13 to 19 years old. In Arizona, there is a driver’s education course available for new drivers to take, but most

students don’t because it is not something they have to do.

Even though a new driver only benefits from taking the course, most choose not to take it. “I think it would help other student drivers as well as myself because it would show them the rules of the road without having to deal with the stress of their parents,” sophomore Avery Reith said who recently got her driver’s license. The top five causes of car accidents in Arizona are distracted driving, drinking and driving, reckless driving, ignoring traffic signs and bad weather.

Typically, a course can cost anywhere from $60-$150; this just depends on how long or how intense the course is. Most insurance companies will lower the cost of insurance when a drivers training and/or course is taken.

Since it’s proven that the courses can lower the number of accidents, why doesn’t Arizona mandate a drivers education course?

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