Graduated Drivers License

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A lawmaker who turned a personal tragedy into a quest to require more time and training before teenagers get full driving privileges won support from a Senate committee.

The Transportation Committee in Frankfort has approved the Graduated Driver License Bill.

It had been a perennial proposal by Representative Tom Burch of Louisville who lost his 17-year-old granddaughter in 1999 when she lost control of her pickup and the vehicle flipped.

Some committee members said their past reservations about the bill were gone after hearing his story.

The bill has already been approved by the House and will have to go to the full Senate.

If the bill were to become a law it means anyone between the ages of 16 and 18 must wait six months between the time they get their permit until the time they get their full license.

During that time, teen drivers must follow two restrictions. One is that only one person under the age of 20 who is not related to the driver may be in the car also. The other is no driving between midnight and 6 a.m. except in emergencies.

Teens living on farms would be exempt.

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