These are not the words a teenager living in the sunny state of Florida wants to hear, but they could be assaulting his or her young ear drums if a bill introduced in the Florida State Legislature is passed. HB 975 would require the state’s minimum driving age to be raised from 16 to 17 years old. Rep. Irv Slosberg (D-Boca Raton) introduced the bill and states the extra year would give teens more time to gain maturity needed for safe driving.

While Inside Line does point out that the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety performed a study that shows 16-year-olds were twice as likely wreck their rides as people 18 to 19 years old, this bill still has the stench of political grandstanding hanging overhead. Florida, however, already has a track record for imposing restrictive measures on young drivers, including one that restricts how late at night a driver under 18 can be out on the road.