The error in your logic is assuming that laws that discriminate are unconstitutional. They are not. You were close in pointing out that it is not a right, and discrimination does not come into play when something involves a privilege.
With respect to claims of a law that discriminates on the basis of age, the United States Supreme Court applies a rational basis review. When the Supreme Court engages in "rational basis review," only the most egregious enactments -- those not rationally related to a legitimate government interest -- are overturned.
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Hey very interesting and total random question. Driving is a Privilege.
When you look to discrimination you want to look at it to see if you are a protected class. In regards to age. A protected class is reserved for those at this time 40 years and older.
In regards to your question... Why would you stop at 12 years old? wouldn't a newborn have the right to drive? And how exactly what the study be done to correlate the information needed? Age discrimination is not my area of expertise, but it is an interesting question. I hope some of my other More informed colleagues on this issue may have more details.
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Best question of the week so far.
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Most 12 year olds are too short to see over the dashboard. This leads to accidents, etc. Plus many elementary schools lack the parking. If 12 year olds drive their parents' SUV's to the school, where will the beleaguered faculty park? What with staffing cuts, etc., it would be the last straw. We'd have faculty riots at every elementary and junior high school in this great land! It would result in chaos. Utter chaos.
The government has the power to regulate activity that poses a threat to public safety and welfare. Allowing a 12 year old to drive...poses such a threat. Moreover, driving is a privilege and not a right.
Please, do not allow a 12 year old to drive, when I am in Carlsbad I will be on the lookout for a car that looks like no one is driving it. When I spot that car, I will do everything in my power to avoid it.