Monday, July 14, 2008

Aggressive Teens: Too Risky to Handle

Aggressive, adventurous, risk taker and being irresponsible are some of the well-known character of teenagers.

Adolescence is stage of experimentation and adventurism. Expectedly, safety is not among the top concerns of teenagers in their day-to-day activities. At this stage, teenagers may not be expected to be responsible.

I know because I became a teenager once. I can still remember how it felt to be one.

The aggressive attitude of most teenagers is manifested not only in school and at home but also on the road.

Just this week, a 13 year-old boy died in another teen car accident. Speeding is blamed as the culprit. The deceased teen together with two others were on their way shark fishing. Obviously, they never made it. Instead of fishing, they were brought to a nearest hospital.

Statistics shows that about 5,000 teens ages 16 to 20 die due to fatal injuries caused by car accidents. Approximately, 400,000 drivers age 16 to 20 are seriously injured. In fact, about 12 percent account for teen car crashes.

Study also shows that teens are more likely to be involved in a car accident than adults do. In addition, teen drivers wear seatbelts less often.

Due to the increasing case of teen car accidents, it is about time that the government studies its current policy on teen driving, license issuance and road ethics before several lives are put in danger.