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FL representative pushing to raise driving age to 17

BOCA RATON, FL (WFLX) - Is a 16 year old mature enough to drive?

"I feel that we're mature enough to be driving at 16...some of us," said Alex Sanoja, a teen driver.

Through the "Mature Drivers Act", Florida State Representative Irv Slosberg is pushing to change the driving age in Florida from 16 to 17 years old.

"It's too young to drive at 16. I think most of the parents recognize it, and, I think, they would feel a lot better off giving them those keys when they're 17," said Slosberg.

According Slosberg's research, 16-year-olds are more likely to speed, make driving errors and be involved in single car crashes than those older teenage drivers new behind the wheel.

"A little extra time gives them more maturity to be more in self control to be able to handle a car and all the responsibility that comes with it," said Carmen Sanoja, a parent of a teen driver.

Jonny Scoblionko, an Olympic Heights High School student, says 17 is too old to wait for a license especially if someone needs to drive to and from school and work.

"There are a lot of young drivers out there that shouldn't be on the road and I think 16-and-a-half would be a better age," said Scoblionko.

Jonny's father, Eric, likes the potential change. He did not let his son get a license until he was 17.

"Even though its an imposition and inconvenience for parents, I think that the safety aspects would be considerably enhanced," said Eric.

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