Graduated License Bill

Teens may soon have to wait a little longer to get their drivers license.

Under the graduated license bill, teens that are 16 and 17 would have to wait at least six extra months before getting full driving privileges.

The bill would create an intermediate license, between a permit and a full license without restrictions. Teens would also have to complete a driver training program.

The graduated driver's license bill won final House passage by a vote of 93-to-1.

The measure has been a personal quest by Representative Tom Burch. His 17-year-old granddaughter died in 1999 when she lost control of her pickup and the vehicle flipped.

Warren County Circuit Court Clerk, Pat Goad, says: "People who are 16 and 17 years of age would have to undergo a 180 day training period including 60 hours of supervised driving with an adult."

The bill has been sent to Governor Ernie Fletcher's desk and now awaits his signature.

If it becomes a law the new rules will take effect October 1st.

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