Fewer young Ohioans getting their driver’s license

Teen drivers face tough odds and statistics. (WDTN- Beairshelle Edmé)
Teen drivers face tough odds and statistics. (WDTN Photo/Beairshelle Edmé)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) – Data shows fewer young people in Ohio are getting their driver’s license.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the number of people in Ohio ages 16 to 20 who obtained a driver’s license dropped 8.5 percent in the last decade.

A new report by the Ohio Public Interest Research Group also shows a 15 percent per capita reduction in the number of driving trips taken by people ages 16 to 34.

The research group says delays in major life events like entering the workforce and getting married may be factors for young people waiting to get behind the wheel.

They also say better technology to find rides, the high cost of gasoline during young people’s lifetime and a return to living in city centers make it easier for millennials forgo cars.

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