LARGO, Fla. - Amber Bismark is taking her driver's test in Largo today. She is 18 years old and agrees that she is a little wiser than the average 16 year old driver.
"I'm definitely paying attention to the cars around me. I don't want to get into an accident or anything. I'm more cautious about my speed limit," said Amber Bismark.
One South Florida lawmaker, Representative Irving Slosbert of Boca Raton (D), thinks older is better when it comes to teenage drivers. That is why there is a bill moving through Tallahassee that would make teens wait until 17 years old to get a driver's license.
"You can have one 16 year old who is mature beyond their age, and then you could have another 16 year old, who you know, you wouldn't let ride a bike," said Tony DiStefano.
DiStefano has been a driving instructor for nearly 15 years at Safer Dixie Driving School in Largo. He says instead of moving the age limit up, educate young drivers.
"Without the education, you know, that's still... You don't know if that's going to work or not 'cause basically it's only a year, which isn't that much," said DiStefano.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for young people. In 2009, 251 Florida drivers between the ages of 16 and 20 died in car crashes.
But for Pinellas Park High School students like Jose Acevedo, a driver's license means being able to take college courses at St. Pete Junior College.
"You go to school, four classes then you leave and you have to get your own ride to the college,” said Acevedo.
Still, Bismark says she hopes the bill passes and she's hoping to pass her driving test too.
"More mature. I'm not crazy with my driving," said Bismark.
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