Teen Driver Safety Bill

A bill proposed by Rockingham Delegate Matt Lohr passed the House of Delegates Tuesday.

A year-long study was conducted to see in what ways teens may be made into better drivers. Results from that study showed that more parental involvement may create safer teen drivers.

So, this bill tries to give teenagers more experience behind the wheel by increasing the number of supervised hours of practice from 40 to 45 and the number of supervised night-time hours from ten to 15.

Lohr says," With this bill, parents must actually complete a log book detailing their supervised hours. In addition to signing their name, the parent must give their drivers license number. They must also read a statement that states anyone who certifies a false statement may be prosecuted. The intent with these changes is to help parents understand that it is imperative they complete the supervised training."

The FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society says vehicular accidents are the leading cause of death among teens 15 to 20 years old. It says lack of experience and immaturity are the main factors causing the increase in teen crashes.

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