New restrictions for teen drivers now in effect

Drivers under 18 now need to show they have had more experience behind the wheel before they can graduate to a regular license.

Under the law, drivers under 18 must wait six months after getting a learner's permit before they can get a full license. Whenthey take their road test, they must present a statement signed by a parent or guardian saying they've had at least 20 hours ofsupervised driving experience during that six months.

Drivers who get the 20 hours of supervised experience and pass a road test before the six-month waiting period is up can get alimited junior license allowing them to drive alone during specific hours.

Drivers with junior licenses will not be allowed more than two passengers under age 21,unless a parent or instructor is in thevehicle. The passengers under age 21 must ride in the back seat.

State officials say teen drivers are four times more likely to be in an accident than all other age groups combined.

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