Bill to restrict teen driving passes Senate

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 09, 2011 7:20 AM

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A bill that would require teens to spend 12 months under supervised driving before applying for an intermediate license — an expansion from the now-compulsory six-month period — passed the Iowa Senate today.

The bill would require drivers to be accident- and violation-free for 12 months before qualifying for a license. The drivers would not be allowed to have more than one other minor in the car, with the exception of siblings, for the first six months while they had an intermediate license.

“We want to make sure we’re giving them the most valuable opportunity to keep the roads safe,” Sen. Tod Bowman, D-Maquoketa, the vice chairman of the Transportation Committee, told The Daily Iowan last month.

The legislation passed the Senate by a vote of 38-11; it now moves to the House.

— by Sam Lane

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