Alabama Gets High Marks for Traffic Safety Laws

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama is among sixteen states receiving high marks for traffic laws. But a national highway safety group criticized the state for not having six tough safety laws for teen drivers, drunk driving and booster seats.

The Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety's report will be sent to each state's governor and lawmakers.

The group said Alabama's graduated driver license needs to require 30 to 50 hours of supervised driving, ban teen driving from 10 pm to 5 am and restrict the number of teenage passengers to one. They said the age limit for booster seats should be set at eight instead of six.

The group also said mandatory blood alcohol tests should be given to drivers killed in wrecks, and the state needs to pass a super drunk law, which sets stiffer penalties for drivers with a blood alcohol content of point-15 or higher.

State Representative Jim McClendon of Springville, chairman of the highway safety committee, said the panel will consider laws proposed by the group.

The report is based on 2005 traffic statistics. In Alabama, 1,154 people were killed in wrecks that year.

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