If a bill is signed into law, judges could be able to give teen drivers a break if they find themselves facing minor traffic infractions, 10TV’s Jeff Hogan reported on Tuesday.
Currently, teenage drivers, ages 15 ½ to 18 years old, can lose their licenses if they receive two traffic violations.
The new bill, co-authored by Republican state Sen. Jim Hughes of Columbus, would allow judges to decide if teenagers should lose their licenses. Teenagers would also be required to take advanced driving courses.
Hughes said that the bill could help dual-income parents who count on older children to drive younger siblings, Hogan reported.
“They put water down so you know how to brake in rain as well as snow,” Hughes said. “Say like a ladder falls off your truck, how to steer to get out of it and everything else. I mean, it’s going to save a life. Whether it’s the child’s or you and I on the freeway.”
Hughes said that the bill is designed for drivers who incur minor infractions, such as slipping into a parked vehicle in an icy parking lot, Hogan reported.
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