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The Happy Medium of Age Limits

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Kilometers versus miles, pounds versus liters, the US has many differences to other countries. A notable difference is age limits. In the States, the drinking age is famously 21, unless specified differently in other states. The voting age is 18 and the legal age to have a driver’s license is 16. Many countries’ age restrictions are younger: as young as 18 in many European countries, or even 16 year olds in Panama and Cuba being legally allowed to drink.

 

Controversy over raising or lowering these age restrictions has always been a topic of discussion, even if it is not a heated political debate. Many older generations want to raise these limits while the up and coming younger generations want to lower them, mirroring other countries.

 

Other countries also have limits within limits. For example, Japan’s driving age for motorcycles is 16, but to have a driver’s license for a car, you must be 18. Other countries may have older age limits, like the 23-year-old limit in Niger, compared to our country’s age requirement of 15 with permit and 16 with license.

 

While the younger generation seems to side with lowering these limits, that’s not always the case. Olympic Heights senior, Angelina Diaz, believes that “the restrictions put on driving and voting are fair, but the drinking age should probably be raised.” Diaz also shares, “If you can serve your country, you should be able to vote.” This idea is one of the major reasons for keeping or lowering the voting age in the US.

 

Along with a minimum age limit, some people are asking politicians to propose a maximum limit, specifically for driving and voting. As more of generation Z and the millennials cast their votes, they tend to believe that generations like baby boomers shouldn’t be voting if they’re over a certain age. This is because of the belief that this majority of voters is making decisions for a country they won’t have to live in for much longer. A graduated Olympic Heights’ Lion says, “It’s important to change these restrictions because it will help keep you and the people around you safer and give people the right to to express their political opinions should be exercised.”

 

With the limits around drinking, people tend to care less or be more hesitant. While some believe it should be lowered, others believe it should even be raised. When asked about her thoughts on changing the limit, Diaz said that “it would have the same effect as prohibition. It would only cause more [underage] demand for alcohol, especially with the large drinking culture in college and greek life.” Another senior, Aiden Crain, shares similar beliefs: “Drinking should be legal at 25 because people’s brains are fully developed by then.”

 

As for driving student’s ideas tend to align more. The experience is different in Florida compared to other states, as the Boca area has seen an increase in “snow birds” and the older generation nesting in the area. With the increase of older folks moving down to Florida, the traffic is different than other states; many people complain about the poor driving of these older folks and want to set restrictions on them. The minimum age for driving is not as much of a problem as the fact that there is no maximum. “It’s important to change the range allowed for drivers on the road. In Florida a lot of accidents and poor driving involve seniors. If we limit the max age on the road, the chances of accidents would almost definitely decrease,” says Diaz. Others such as Crain suggest annual driving tests after drivers reach a certain age in order to “gauge your driving ability.” He continues on to say, “It’s important to change these restrictions to use our power to make change as needed.”

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    Julia Andrade XavierFeb 2, 2024 at 5:36 pm

    This article perfectly demonstrates both sides of the debate of raising and lowering age restrictions!

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    SantiagoJan 31, 2024 at 11:23 am

    This is a very interesting article

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    madisonJan 31, 2024 at 11:22 am

    Very interesting!

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    Tabassum ChowdhuryJan 29, 2024 at 1:01 pm

    Great article!

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    Jacob YaciukJan 29, 2024 at 11:49 am

    Interesting story!

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  • E

    Ethan TainesJan 29, 2024 at 11:48 am

    I like this very relevant important article

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    AvaJan 29, 2024 at 11:46 am

    Very interesting article!

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    Angelina MagnayeJan 29, 2024 at 11:46 am

    Age limits are so important, Great article!

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    Tori ScaglioneJan 29, 2024 at 11:45 am

    Great read!

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    Jacob UJan 29, 2024 at 11:41 am

    Great article!

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    Ayleen GalantiniJan 29, 2024 at 11:37 am

    Very interesting and I agree with some of the information listed.

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    alexaJan 29, 2024 at 11:34 am

    Very informational, a great topic of discussion!

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  • S

    SkyJan 29, 2024 at 11:32 am

    Really interesting to read!

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  • A

    AriJan 29, 2024 at 11:29 am

    Good to know, appreciate it!

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  • S

    SophiaJan 29, 2024 at 11:29 am

    Wow this is really cool!

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    abraham queroJan 29, 2024 at 11:22 am

    interesting

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    HayleyJan 29, 2024 at 11:21 am

    I think even though when you’re an adult at 18 and can legally do what you want, waiting a few years to be 21 for certain laws is okay.

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    auryanna floresJan 29, 2024 at 11:20 am

    so nice!

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