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New Bill Would Set Time, Passenger Restrictions For Teen Drivers

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Driving is a rite of passage for teenagers, but a new push at the Statehouse could bring some new changes for inexperienced drivers around the state.

A new study from AAA reveals that parents overwhelmingly support new limitations for young drivers, which could hopefully reduce distraction and save their lives while on the road.

After years of studying data, Rep. Rick Perales (R-73rd District) is pushing for changes for newly-licensed drivers, and the state's driver licensing system.

Included in those changes, House Bill 204 would set a 10 p.m. nighttime driving restriction for 16- and 17-year-old drivers.

The proposed law would also reduce the number of passengers that are permitted inside the vehicle of a teenage driver during their first year behind the wheel.

Only one non-family member would be allowed to be a passenger, and he or she must be over 21 years old.

This week marks teen driver safety week, and parents are sounding off about the teen driving proposal.

AAA surveyed parents, 90 percent who said they support the driving cut-off. 80 percent said they support limiting passengers.

The bill remains in committee, and has undergone three hearings.

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