Date: Saturday, June 6th 2015
Participants (from 11 countries) :
Hong Kong: Selly | China: Brady | Vietnam: Kelly | Tunisia: Amine, Marwa | Morocco: Aziz | USA: Rick | Iran: Roya | Argentina: Johny | Pakistan: Maria | Philippines: Lala | India : Sunita, Yusuf
Team A: (Yes) Selly, Brady, Kelly
Team B: (No) Amine, Aziz, Rick, Roya
Team C: (On the fence) Johny (), Maria (), Lala, Sunita, Yusuf
Team A summary:
- A 21 years old driver can distinguish what is good and right. (Brady)
- They know clearly their responsibilities when they drive a car.
- When they are in teenager, they can let their parents drive them to school, so they can spend more time with their parents and learn how to drive a car base on their parents' experience, and they can use that time to share their life with their parents.
- Avoid racing cars at teenage.
- Allowing teenagers of 18 (for example) would give them more independence allowing their parents to take advantage of the time saved.
- 21 years old drivers often find easy to calm down in front of stressful traffic situations.
- A passenger can gain driving skills by just being present inside the car and learn driving and gain awareness by just watching.
- Fewer cars in the road can help to reduce pollution. (Rising up the minimum age for driving= fewer people driving)
- Rising up the legal age for driving would not only decrease accidents, it would also be beneficial to the environment.
Team B summary:
- If you are legally mature enough to join the military, to vote, to potentially start a family, to get a job you shall be allowed to drive as well.
- Driving gives people more option in life, more flexibility and even in emergencies, it gives more independence and young people should be allowed to have these options.
- Allowing people younger than 21 would give them better opportunities to get a better job i.e.: Delivery, warehouse, etc.
- The earlier they start driving, the more driving experience and skill they will gain.
- An 18 years old person it is often already mature enough to drive.
- Lowing the age for driving gives people more mobility, and allows them to develop their sense of responsibility.
- Age doesn’t have much influence at driving because it depends on skills not on the age.
- Traffic accidents happen not for the age but for other factors such as texting on the phone, drinking alcohol, or for some other reasons.
- The more practical is the experience, less important is the age.
- Age is an indicator of experience only therefore experience is more important.
- Younger people should be independent as well and not always depend on their parents to go to Schools or elsewhere if they prove to be responsible and mature enough.
Team C summary:
- Lala: chose team B.
- Johny: chose team B
- Sunita, Yusuf and Maria left earlier.
Team B won the debate. Thanks everyone for participating.
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