I personally like the Continental European mindset to drinking age and driving age. Drinking age for the most part is 16, driving is 18. You learn to drink first and get the "Party" out of your system. Then learn to drive. They also carry a zero tolerance drinking and driving attitude.
The problem with that in the States is the lack of reliable and prolific public transportation. You can get damn near anywhere on public transport to within a 5-10 min walk. And they aren't afraid to walk.
Even though I started driving at 16, I'm not so sure 16 y/o is responsible enough to drive a vehicle that can kill several people at once because of inexperience and attention.
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