Tough New Teen Driver Law Proposed

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A Federal bill called the STANDUP Act (Safe Teen and Novice Driver Uniform Protection Act) aims to save lives behind the wheel. But it could mean new restrictions for teen drivers in Georgia and across the nation:

  • Conditional driver’s licenses for all teens under 18.
  • Learner’s permit starting at 16.
  • New limits on teen driving at night.
  • No more than one passenger under age 21 while a teen is at the wheel.
  • Ban on cell phones for teen drivers.

Georgia has already enacted a ban on teen cell phone use and a ban on texting for all drivers. But other provisions would be new. As the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, advocates are pushing for the new law. If passed by congress it would contain financial incentives.  States that follow the rules might get as much as $1 million a year, while states that fail to sign on might face cuts in transportation funding .

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