Perdue Signs Teen Driving Law

Governor Sonny Perdue
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On the last day for him to sign or veto bills approved during this year's legislative session, Governor Perdue said he plans, with reservations, to sign "Joshua's Law." But Perdue said he will ask lawmakers next year to make major changes to the measure.

The law was designed to help fund driver training courses for teens, and it won't fully take effect until 2007.

The bill imposes a five percent surcharge on traffic fines to help fund driver training courses around the state, and teens would be required to take that course or wait until they are 17 to get a driver's license. They now can be licensed at 16.

Perdue said he was troubled by some aspects of the financing mechanism and by the fact that students unable to take a course at their local schools would have to pay for private courses or wait a year for their license.

Perdue said the author, Senator Preston Smith of Rome, has agreed to work with him on changes next year.

The governor also signed his wireless privacy initiative. The measure requires wireless providers to obtain a customer's consent before including his or her name and phone number in any wireless directory or database.