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New Proposed Rules for Teen Drivers
KETTERING -- The state could be cracking down on teen drivers. Monday, new legislation was introduced on the State House floor that could change who's permitted in the same vehicle as your teenage driver.
The legislation is a proposed amendment to the current graduated driving law that already places restrictions on teen drivers. If the amendment passes, teen drivers would not be allowed to have any juvenile friends in the car with them for a full year after receiving their license
Many high school student athletes rely on friends to get them to games and practice. Right now, Ohio law allows teen drivers to have only one friend in the car. But that will all change if state lawmakers pass newly proposed legislation.
"I see this making an impact and saving lives," said State Rep. Rick Perales (R-Beavercreek).
Perales proposed the amendment, which says for the first 12 months newly licensed teens won't be able to have friends in the car unless an adult is present. It's a controversial piece of legislation that's getting mixed reaction from parents.
"I think there's enough distractions while you're in the car anyway. To have friends in there, that enhances the opportunity for something bad to happen," said Eric Coffman, father of a Fairmont freshman.
"For a whole year, I believe so, I believe it would be too strict," said Kathy Long, the mother of a Fairmont junior.
Those against the amendment believe the restriction would place too much of a burden on families to get their kids to from point A to B. Supporters say it's a necessary step in the right direction to prevent future fatal accidents.
"I don't doubt that there's going to be some difficulties. However, I think it's in the greater good of our kids by training them to operate a vehicle confidently," Perales said.
"We've gone 15-16 years providing a way of transportation, so one more year won't hurt," said Coffman.
The amendment would also require everyone in the back seat of a car to buckle up, no matter what their age or who is driving. It would also lower the curfew for teen drivers from midnight to 10 p.m.
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