The National Transportation Safety Board has issued new recommendations for graduated driver's licenses. The graduated driver's licensing system puts restrictions on teen driving, including limiting late-night driving, restricting the number of passengers in a vehicle, and zero-tolerance for alcohol.
One new recommendation calls for states to restrict teen drivers with a provisional license from carrying more than one passenger under the age of 20, until they receive an unrestricted license. It would exclude teen drivers accompanied by a driver who's at least 21.
Alabama's graduated driver's license law for 16-year-olds went into effect Oct. 1 by restricting new drivers from hitting the roads after midnight and having their cars packed full of friends.
The NTSB notes that in 2000, fewer than seven percent of drivers were 20 or younger, yet they were involved in 14 percent of fatal crashes.
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Restrictions for Teen Drivers in Alabama
The House and Senate Judiciary Committee approved a measure that will establish new restrictions on drivers 17 and younger. The law takes effect Oct. 1, 2002.
Source: http://www.theiacp.org/leg_policy/legupdate/alabama.pdf (The International Association of Chiefs of Police)
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