TODAY   |  July 12, 2013

Fewer 16-year-olds getting driver’s licenses

The number of 16-year-olds that are legally able to drive has fallen to 28 percent in 2010, down from 43 percent in 1983.

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>>>, the road less travelled. when we were kids getting a driver's license was a huge thing. it was a right of passage but for today's teens not so much. new federal data shows that the percentage of teens with a driver's license has fallen steadily over the last few decades. 1983 the number of 16-year-olds licensed to drive, 46%. what do you think it is in 2010 ? or was in 2010 .

>> 35%?

>> nearly 30 years later 28%. down from 46%. one of the reasons, apparently the high cost of gas and insurance. tougher driving laws for teenagers. researchers also speculating that today's parents don't mind as much being tdriving around their kids.

>> all my friends had their driver's license so i would hitch a ride.

>> you grew up in arizona where you need to drive.

>> but i find city kids here tend to delay getting a driver's license.

>> i got mine at 18. i was in driver's ed as a senior. passed with flying colors .

>> she had a great hitchhiking