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ligel
January 22nd, 2005, 08:10 AM
With how many years can I drive the car in NYC? :)

NoyokA
January 22nd, 2005, 10:42 AM
18, with a drivers license.

billyblancoNYC
January 22nd, 2005, 07:39 PM
17 if you take driver's ed.
16 for your learner's permit.

Michi
January 22nd, 2005, 07:57 PM
Oh It is one of the things that I do not understand.
You can drive a car with 16, when you're so young and you can't drink alcohol til 21 years.
And with a car you can "provoke" an anccident and kill an innocent people or yourself and with alchool no (no directly).
In spain is so different, to drink you need at least 16 (they're trying to up it to 18) and for drive you need be 18 (18 is the adult age here).
Which is the opinion about this?
Bye

NewYorkYankee
January 22nd, 2005, 08:25 PM
I wish it was 18 to legally drink here. :lol:

Michi
January 22nd, 2005, 09:21 PM
Why? id difficult to get alcohol if you're under 21?
here in a pub If you're 15 the waiter not usually ask for the years, but in some pubs yes do it and you only have to say a friend: bring me this! it's easy.

NoyokA
January 23rd, 2005, 04:20 PM
17 if you take driver's ed.
16 for your learner's permit.

Billy I'm pretty sure you have to be 18 to drive in the city. I think those rules apply elsewhere in NY state.


I wish it was 18 to legally drink here.

I think the age is 21 in the city.

Bob
January 23rd, 2005, 08:34 PM
Comment was asked for, so comment is provided.

The "drinking age" was correctly set at 18 many years ago, and should be returned to that. 21 is not right. The current "drinking age" law is as stupid as was the national 55 MPH speed limit.

ryan
January 23rd, 2005, 08:44 PM
Why do you characterize the 55 mph speed limit as "stupid"?

googled: (http://www.soc.hawaii.edu/leonj/leonj/459f96/cmachida/psy499/paper4.html)

"The 55 mph national speed limit was enacted during the Arab oil embargo of 1973 to conserve fuel and became effective in, all states by March 1974 (National Research Council, 1984). The number of fatalities from 1973 to 1974 decreased from 55,511 to 46,402, and Congress made the 55 mph maximum speed limit mandatory nationwide (National Research Gouncil, 1984). Since 1974 the national fatality rate has continued to fall, even though speeds driven have been increasing, indicating that other factors ma; explain for some of the decrease in fatalities (Newsweek, 1986). It is difficult to determine a single factor that caused the drop in fatality rates because of the complexity of accidents, limited availability of statistics nationwide, and disrupted traffic. patterns because of the embargo, however studies suggest that from 3,000 to 5,000 lives were saved by the 55 mph speed limit in 1974 (National Research Council, 1984). It is estimated that currently the 55 mph speed limit saves 2,000 to 4,000 per year (National Research Council, 1984). Other explanations for the decrease in traffic fatalities are seat-belt and child-restraint laws, campaigns against drunken driving, improved auto design and roads (Newsweek. 1986).

There are some other benefits from the 55 mph speed limit including: reduced Petroleum consumption (about 167,000 barrels a day); reduced cost to taxpayers from government programs (Medicare, Medicaid, Disability Insurance) (National Research Council, 1984). The cost factor associated with the 55 mph speed limit is the additional travel time caused by slower travel, which amount to about 1 billion hours nationally (National Research Council, 1984)."

Bob
January 23rd, 2005, 08:48 PM
There are so many reasons the 55 MPH speed limit was stupid, we should probably start a separate topic if you really want to get into it. For now, suffice it to say this was one of the dumbest laws EVER to hit the books.

NoyokA
January 23rd, 2005, 09:01 PM
While the drinking age is 21 and the national speed limit is 55mph these rules are not strictly followed and as long as you keep things in moderation they're not enforced, these rules are established for the public good.

billyblancoNYC
January 23rd, 2005, 11:01 PM
17 if you take driver's ed.
16 for your learner's permit.

Billy I'm pretty sure you have to be 18 to drive in the city. I think those rules apply elsewhere in NY state.


I wish it was 18 to legally drink here.

I think the age is 21 in the city.

Sorry, Stern, not to pick, but I think it's the same in NYC as it is in all of NYS:

"Operator, Class D: for passenger cars and light trucks; for drivers age 18 or over; or for drivers age 17 with Driver Education."

http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/license.htm#about

I was 17 when I receieved mine. Of course, it could have changed, but I think it's the same.