Carpooling Students Face Load Limits
"By having less people in the vehicle with them, they're going to be able to devote more time to the full-time job of driving," said Capt. Tim Hull of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.
The state patrol's figures show drivers under the age of 21 caused one out of every five fatal crashes last year, up almost 7% from 2004.
"There's only a limited number of parking space in the parking lot, so yeah, I think it will get to be a problem," Hull added.
So far, local schools haven't added buses or changed student transportation plans.
After 6 months, new drivers 16-18 years old can have up to 3 people in their vehicles. Student drivers also must have 40 hours behind the wheel to get their regular licenses instead of the previously required 20 hours.