New Law For New Drivers

1 decade 2 years 11 months ago Saturday, December 30 2006 Dec 30, 2006 Saturday, December 30, 2006 2:51:40 PM CST December 30, 2006 in News
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JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - Young drivers will face more restrictions under a new law that takes effect Monday. Currently, teenagers preparing to get a driver's license can obtain a learner's permit and complete 20 hours of behind-the-wheel practice. The new law bumps that requirement to 40 hours, including at least ten at night. Other restrictions for young drivers took effect earlier this year. Drivers from 16 to 18 years of age are now prohibited from having more than one other person younger than 19 in the car for the first six months of the license. After that, no more than three younger passengers will be permitted. An exception will be made for close relatives. The Highway Patrol says drivers younger than 21 made up nearly 30 percent of all Missouri traffic crashes and 21 percent of all fatal state crashes last year.

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