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Can A Lowered Age Requirement to Drive Interstate Commercial Trucks Be Dangerous?

By 2017, there may be over 250,000 unoccupied trucker positions. Of course, this has led many truck companies panicking to find individuals willing to drive their big rigs. Recently, truck companies and Congress have made efforts to have the legal interstate truck driving age lowered to 18 years old. However, many fear that if this law passes, these young, inexperienced drivers may increase the risk of dangerous road conditions and likelihood of fatal truck accidents.

Currently, 48 states permit 18-year-olds to drive these 80,000-pound big rig vehicles within state boundaries so long as they do not cross over the borders of other states. This has led the representatives from the American Trucking Association to become tempted to allow these young individuals to drive nationally. Many feel as though the lower age requirements will fix the unfilled trucker position problem that continues to grow.

Research shows that in 2012, drivers between the ages of 16 to 19 years old caused 60% of car accident fatalities. Because this statistic is so high, many people fear that lowering the interstate truck driving age can lead to more trucking accidents since inexperienced drivers many not react to certain road or traffic conditions in appropriate manners. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety adds that regardless of the type of training these young drivers will be required to undergo, the safety of passenger vehicle motorists will remain at risk due to the lack of experience of these younger and newer drivers.

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